Making Disability Technology Possible

We are a disability technology catalyst organization.  We source and promote disability technology solutions and innovation, to inspire and foster increased independence.  

What We Do

Tech:Fest Registration

Regional Tech:Festivals

Not conferences...festivals!  Cutting edge disability technology sessions and demos in a laid back environment.  Food trucks, breweries, massage, games, and more.  In person and virtual attendee options!

Launching October 15th, 2018



Various national/regional in person training, online webinars, podcast, and Facebook Live educational sessions all on disability related technology innovations.

Launching July 20th, 2018

Tech:99 "Daily"

Tech:99 "Daily"

We are testing 99 tech ideas over several months and sharing them!  Almost daily, real world short disability tech implementation stories & ideas on Facebook Live, Zooms, and our Podcast.  Follow us on Facebook for details, to submit your ideas, and share your stories with others.

Submit your solutions!

Launching Oct. 22nd, 2018

Join Us at Our Inaugural Disability Cocoon Tech:Festival

Disability Tech:FestivalCincy

Our inaugural one day disability technology festival will be held on October 15th, 2018 in Cincinnati at the American Sign Museum!

Several short Ignite-style presentations/demos, disability technology expert sessions, "innovation-storming", food trucks, games, massage, and whatever else we dream up.  

Come join us for a day of fun, learning, collaboration, and inspiration in the most unique laid back environment....this is not a typical conference.  

Or, drum roll please, you can attend by web or Facebook Live!  You'll miss the in person event but get to see most of the content.  

This event was designed specifically for:

- Provider agency employees

- Case managers

- Guardians/family members

- Other disability professionals

- Self-advocates

- Anyone interested in disability services

     Exhibitor/Sponsors                       Call for Presentations


American Sign Museum

1330 Monmouth Ave.

Cincinnati, OH 45225


October 15th, 2018

9:00a - 5:00p




Sponsorship Available

Exhibitors Available
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Schedule for Tech:FestivalCincy

This is still a work in progress.  We are inviting leaders in disability technology from around the country to bring you the latest and greatest innovation available.  Check back from time to time to see updates to our schedule.  

Tech:Fest Registration

8:00 am

Breakfast, Registration, & Explore Exhibitor Tech

Register, get fueled up, and start exploring great disability tech offered by our exhibitor partners.

9:00 am

Welcome/Kick Off

A short run down of the days events and what to expect at the Disability Cocoon Technology Festival.

9:15 am

Learning from the Past to Build the Future - Sandy Henry

How we can apply lessons learned from the past in our industry, to give current and future leaders insights into how to tackle our industry's biggest challenges.

10:15 am

Break - Explore Exhibitor Tech

Stretch the legs and see our exhibitors' latest and greatest.  See solutions; not sales pitches. 

10:30 am

Session 2 - TBD 

We are sourcing the best of the best.  Let us know if you have some great ideas on content. 

11:00 am

Ignite-Style Presentations

Multiple short and sweet talks hitting the import topics and then moving on to another one.  Content packed!

12:00 Pm

Lunch - Explore Exhibitor Tech

Find your favorite lunch from one of our food trucks or vendors. 

12:30 Pm

Lunch State Panel Discussion

Lori Horvath with DODD (OH), Harold Sloves with DIDD (TN), and two TBD representatives from IN & MN have an interactive moderated lunch panel conversation.  Get several states' perspectives.

1:30 Pm

Ignite-Style Presentations

Multiple short and sweet talks hitting the import topics and then moving on to another one.  Content packed! 

2:30 Pm

Break - Explore Exhibitor Tech

Multiple short and sweet talks hitting the import topics and then moving on to another one.  See solutions; not sales pitches. 

2:45 PM

“TEC Doesn’t Have to be a Four Letter Word” - Connie Melvin & Richard Harrington

When most people hear the word “technology”, they immediately think of expensive and complex devices like smartphones, tablets, and laptops.  While these devices are amazing in their own right there are many other forms of technology that can offer increased independence to people with disabilities.  And, with budget shortfalls, we find the need to be more creative than ever with our limited dollars. 

Technology is about Enhancing Capabilities (TEC).  Solutions don’t have the be expensive or complex.  They don’t have to be designed and built by technology experts.  In this session, participants will have the opportunity to “roll up their sleeves” – to be guided through the process of building practical pieces of assistive technology using supplies that are available from their local hardware store.   In addition to taking the devices built during this seminar home, attendees will be exposed to a number of commercially available products that address common challenges faced by people with disabilities.  

3:45 Pm

Conquering the Workforce Crisis through Innovation and Intervention - Linda Petrini 

The country is experiencing a surge of job openings.  This is the good news and the bad news.  It presents unique challenges to the I/DD field.  There are innovative ideas proven to increase applicant flow, increase DSP compensation organically and improve the quality of care.

4:45 Pm

Closing Remarks - Closing Tech Survey

Overview of the Disability Cocoon vision and future goals. Also, get your feedback on what worked and what we can improve.  You are part of the movement, tell us what you think...please. 

5:00 Pm

Adjourn - Join Us for Dinner

Meet us at a location TBD for drinks/dinner and continue the discussion. 

What's your Tech:99 implementation story?

Your story could inspire someone else and improve lives!

Please submit your story about any tech implementation, so others can benefit from your experience.  All stories are welcome.  We are looking for real world solutions not just flashy high-tech successes.  Your story could change someone else's life.  Thanks!

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Upcoming Tech:Festivals

We are planning more of the same! 

Minneapolis, MN


Indianapolis, IN


Cleveland, OH


TBD, Wisconsin


TBD, North Carolina


Denver, CO


About Us

Founded by Dustin Wright who was one of the original pioneers of remote monitoring services back in 2006, and has worked in disability services/supports for 20+ years.  Dustin is joined by an advisory council made up of people that have been in the trenches for decades in disability services and technology.  

Disability Cocoon's goal is to be the resource where people come to learn, connect, explore, collaborate, and more.  We are a catalyst for a national disability technology movement.  We will probably always be changing into something new.  

In case you were wondering, we chose the name Disability Cocoon to represent a place to come for massive transformation...get it, caterpillar to butterfly...cocoon.