Rhode Island Statewide

Independent Living Conference 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017

8:30 am - 3 pm

Crowne Plaza | 801 Greenwich Ave  | Warwick, Rhode Island


Session 2   ~ 11 am – 12 Noon



2A— “Guiding Eyes” for Guiding Eyes

OSCIL Staff member Heather Schey shares her adventures at Guiding Eyes for the Blind and how they helped her regain her freedom and become more confident in her mobility. The do’s and don’ts of what to do when you encounter a guide dog will be discussed along with other helpful tips.


2B— The ADA—Know Your Rights

An informal panel discussion and Q&A on disability rights with representatives from both Federal and Rhode Island State agencies.

Panel: Amy Romero, Department of Justice. Bob Cooper, Governor’s Commission on Disabilities, Jason Flanders, Human Rights Commission, Anne Mulready, Rhode Island Disability Law Center


2C— Using Assistive Technology to Improve Communication & Comprehension for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing

Learn about different kinds of AT - free services and devices from the ATEL Program & RI Relay that improve communication and comprehension over the phone, in person, in meetings, in theaters and in other social settings. Presenters: Denise Corson, ATEL & Melissa Rosenberg, Sprint Communications


12 – 12:30 pm   ~   Visit Exhibitors and AT Room


12:30 – 1:30 pm ~ Lunch

"Defining Independent Living"

Conference Schedule


8 am           Exhibitor Set up
8:30 am     Registration and Continental Breakfast
9 am           Opening Remarks



Session 1  ~  9:30-10:30 am


1A— Going to Work  

Going to work can be scary at first, but can ultimately be very rewarding. Panelists will discuss the real life benefits of working. Panel: Matt DeLillo, Michelle Machado & Heather Schey - OSCIL Staff Members & Michael Matracia, Providence Police Department.

1B—What If?
This workshop aims to demonstrate various assistive technology and rehabilitation devices developed at URI over the years, from low-tech, to electronics, to smartphone based devices. The title “What If?” emphasizes the interactive nature of this presentation with the audience and encourages discussions on various possibilities of applying new technologies to the enhancement of our quality of life and independence. Presenters: Ying Sun, Director; Tanya Wang, Technician of the URI Biomedical Engineering Department.


1C— Devices for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: What’s New with Video Phones

This workshop will demonstrate the latest video phone called “N Touch VP 2” which has new features that will amaze you!  You will have to try it out! Presenter: James Tourangeau, Sorenson Communications


10:30 – 11 am  ~ Visit Exhibitors and AT Room


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Session 3   ~   1:45 – 2:45 pm


3A– Sharing—For Men Only  - This workshop, led by male facilitators, will provide opportunity for men to speak frankly regarding issues that affect men having disability. Facilitators: Matt DeLillo & Tim Flynn, OSCIL Staff Members


3B– Sharing—For Women Only—Female Facilitators will kick off the workshop which will then lead to an open discussion of issues that affect women having disability. Facilitators: Michelle Machado & Heather Schey, OSCIL Staff Members; Christina Battista, RISILC


3C– Supporting the Caregiver—Managing Stress for Caregivers of Adults—This presentation, based on the “Powerful Tools for Caregivers’ (PTC), a national, award-winning self-care education program for family caregivers, will explore highlights of the program including acute vs. chronic challenges, managing stress, identifying signs and sources of stress, taking action and relaxation. Presenter: JoEllen Mistarz, Catholic Social Services


2:50 pm—Raffle Drawing


3 pm—Conference Ends



Visit our AT Room throughout the day!

“Home Design with You in Mind!”


American Sign Language Interpreters and CART have been secured.

Please call 738-1013 by September 1st if other accommodations are requested.


Information to register for this conference is at the bottom of this page.