Harbor Island 3

Tech Learning Exchange: Chapters of The Arc Knowledge Sharing

Friday, November 3
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Harbor Island 3

Target Audience: Professionals|Executive & Board

Everyday affordable personal technology, like smartphones and tablets, hold great potential to empower the self-advocates and family members that we serve each day. However, this is an emerging field of knowledge, with millions of apps and many effective strategies to explore. In 2017, The Arc of Westchester started the Tech Learning Exchange that offers information sharing on personal technology best practices amongst an expanding base of fellow chapters of The Arc. This learning experience includes monthly webinar discussions on relevant topics and the use of the online facilitation tool, Slack, which provides a private network for members to exchange messages, files, articles and archived webinar recordings.

Members of the Tech Learning Exchange are also participating in The Arc of Westchester's annual Tech Supports for Cognition and Learning Conference as presenters and there will be many other opportunities for collaborative learning. We are expanding our reach beyond chapters of The Arc to include technology firms and academic institutions, including schools and colleges. Our goal is to facilitate and accelerate the exchange of information on personal technology so that all our organizations can make the most of our communal knowledge base. We have also initiated a series of "Take A Byte" monthly lunchtime webinars where technology firms can present their products and services in a virtual trade-show setting.

In 2014, The Arc of Westchester began its initiative to explore the use of everyday personal technology for the empowerment of self-advocates and family members, and has since organized two successful Tech Supports for Cognition and Learning conferences, received grant funding from the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities and had its staff member, Jordan Jankus, selected to participate in The Arc's initial Technology Navigator Fellowship program.

We believe the Tech Learning Exchange is an effective vehicle for keeping pace with the ever-evolving world of personal technology. We welcome the participation of other chapters of The Arc in our expanding network. Our knowledge and everyday experiences will provide direct benefit to our local communities.

Learning Objectives:

Jordan C. Jankus

Coordinator of Person-Centered and Cognitive Supports
The Arc of Westchester
Hawthorne, New York

Jordan Jankus, Coordinator of Person-Centered and Cognitive Supports at The Arc of Westchester, is the father of an adult daughter with developmental disabilities. His interest in finding ways to empower her led to his involvement in assistive technology. He has helped organize events at The Arc of Westchester showcasing the possibilities of using technology to promote more independent futures for people with disabilities. He also facilitates the technology blog and webinars hosted by The Arc of Westchester.

In 2015, he became one of sixteen Technology Navigator Fellows selected by the The Arc. Jordan has presented on personal technology at state and national meetings of service providers, He has worked in the human services industry for over twenty years in various capacities from case-management to the promotion of self-advocacy.

Jordan holds a Masters in Public Health and a Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology both from New York Medical College.


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