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June 2, 2015

NYSID Proudly Sponsors Assistive Living Technologies Conference

Category: General — NYSID @ 3:11 pm

Individuals with disabilities and senior citizens comprise the most rapidly growing segment of the U.S. population. There is a great need and potential for new products, technologies and services allowing for these individuals to remain independent in their own homes.

Fredrick Erlich, CEO, Living Resources, welcomes attendees to the ALT Conference on June 1 at the University at Albany School of Business

On June 1, the inaugural Assistive Living Technology (ALT) Conference at the University at Albany School of Business offered opportunities for entrepreneurs and innovators to connect with a dynamic team of business, healthcare and tech leaders focused on assistive technologies.

NYSID was the live stream sponsor of the event, a collaboration between Living Resources New York and the University at Albany – SUNY Center for Advancement & Understanding of Social Enterprises (CAUSE).

Attendees had access to information, resources, and networks to support innovators and entrepreneurs to develop products and services for this market.

Charles Steiner, executive director, Capital Region Chamber welcomed attendees and offered opening remarks. Fredrick Erlich, CEO of NYSID member agency Living Resources, and Dr. Paul Miesing, founding director, University at Albany – SUNY CAUSE, served as emcees for the event.

John Robinson, managing partner and CEO, Our Ability, delivers the opening keynote at the ALT Conference. NYSID sponsored Our Ability's live streaming of the event.

John Robinson, managing partner and CEO, Our Ability, delivered the opening keynote. Our Ability is a USBLN Disability-Owned Business Enterprise (DOBE) specializing in diversity inclusion messaging, disability etiquette and video production.

Our Ability produces the inspiring award videos shown during NYSID’s Annual Meeting. Robinson has made it his life’s work to ensure that individuals with disabilities receive equal employment benefits and opportunities. Over the past five years, Our Ability has worked with individuals, non-profits, and large corporations to facilitate better employment outcomes for those with disabilities. Robinson recently built Our Ability Connect, an individual digital profile service that promotes future employment for people with disabilities through mentor networking, social engagement and personal empowerment.

NYSID has served as major sponsor and video sponsor for Robinson’s “Journey Along the Erie Canal,” an ambitious, two-week, adaptive bicycle journey across upstate New York along 365 miles of the historic Erie Canal. Robinson also has been honored at the White House as a recipient of the “Disability Employment Champions of Change,” individuals who have done extraordinary work to make workplaces more accessible and to create employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Andy Grosso, VP/business development, NYSID, accepts a plaque as live stream sponsor of the ALT Conference from Fredrick Erlich, CEO, Living Resources.

Among the panel discussions at the ALT Conference were:

“What’s the Problem? The Opportunity of Healthcare, Demographics and Dollars,” with Dave Smingler, government affairs, Ellis Hospital; John Murray, president, chairman and CEO, Rose & Kiernan, Inc.; Mark Kissinger, associate director, NYS Department of Health

“What’s the Solution? Innovation & Innovators,” with Geoff Cooper, president & CEO, Carasolva; Dr. Jonas Braasch, assistant professor, School of Architecture, RPI; Dr. Jonathan Muckell, Department of Information, University at Albany; Peter Raymond, CEO, Human Condition, LLC

“Getting it Done: Finance & Entrepreneurial Considerations,” with Bob Schwartz, founder and chairman, Schwartz Heslin Group, Inc.; Rick D’Errico, managing director, NYBizLab and public relations director, Transfinder; Michael Shimazu, associate VP of business partnerships and economic development, University at Albany

Dr. Robert Geer, senior vice president, Polytechnic Institute, delivered the afternoon keynote. He has overall strategic and operational responsibility for the education and outreach programs at SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering campus in Albany and the Utica-Rome campus in Marcy, formerly, the SUNY Institute of Technology. Geer’s focus at SUNY Poly is expanding its role and impact, especially across New York State, as a model for 21st century higher education, technology innovation, and economic development.

The closing plenary session featured: Greg Wellems, COO, director of business development, Imagine; Kevin Leyden, senior vice president for Business Development & Strategic Partnership, Albany Medical Center; and Mike Fancher, associate professor of Nanoeconomics, SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany, a NYSID member agency was one of several exhibitors at the ALT Conference.


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