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In January 2021, the Ohio Tech Ambassador Network launched a program to shed light on how Supportive Technology, can enhance the lives and foster independence for people with developmental disabilities.
Five Ohioans using Supportive Technology in their own lives served as role models through virtual peer-to-peer mentoring events held statewide from February-May of 2021. The program was so successful that it has been extended to run through June 2025 and now includes 14 Tech Ambassadors!

What is a Tech Ambassador?

Fourteen Tech Ambassadors have been selected statewide to discuss how they use Supportive Technology at home, at school, at work and in the community. Tech Ambassadors share their personal experiences through peer-to-peer mentoring sessions that began in January 2021 and will run through June 2025!

What is Supportive Technology?

Supportive Technology is made up of two components, Assistive Technology and Remote Support. Assistive Technology refers to equipment of all kinds that enhance learning, working, and daily living for people with a developmental disabilities. These can be high tech or low tech – assistive technology doesn’t require electricity or batteries!
Some examples can include:
  • Screen readers
  • Large-print or alternative keyboards
  • Sound amplifiers
  • Wands or joysticks
  • Adaptive silverware
  • Power Wheelchairs
  • Smart light bulbs and switches
  • Smart Appliances (stoves, refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, etc.)
  • Digital Assistants (Amazon Alexa, Google Home, etc.)
Remote Support refers to direct service provided from a remote location, often over two-way video, by trained professionals who know the person they are providing service to and know that person’s plan. This service is delivered during certain hours of the day or night agreed upon by the person’s team. Staff at the remote location also have access to assistive technologies in the home such as smart thermostats and door locks, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, security cameras and more. Access to these technologies allow remote staff to ensure the safety of the person living in the home.
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Spread the Word!

Check out our media kit for ways you can let people in your network know about The Ohio Tech Ambassadors!

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