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ALLTech = Passion & Dedication
ALLTech staff has a wide range of experience and a rich background in supporting people who have disabilities through technology. ALLTech staff members identify technological solutions to many of the educational, daily living, communication, and workplace issues presented by disabilities. We serve individuals with a wide range of disabilities including persons who have cognitive, communication, motor, and vision difficulties. ALLTech staff are skilled in distance technologies and can provide some services remotely.
Lisa Penney is the glue that holds ALLTech together. Her dedication is unsurpassed. Lisa has worked at ALLTech for seven years as program coordinator. Prior to that she worked for MSAD 15. Lisa is married to Kelly and has two daughters, Samantha is a sophomore at Gallaudet University and Allison will be a junior in high school. Lisa is involved in the Deaf community as a person who is hard of hearing. She also serves on the school board for Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and will be taking online courses through Gallaudet University in Fall, 2010.
Contact Lisa at [email protected] to schedule an appointment and discuss fees for services. Her knowledge and delightful demeanor is sure to make your day better!
Deb Dimmick is an assistive technology professional (ATP). She began working with assistive technology in 1998 when the organization was called MECATS (Maine Educational Center for Assistive Technology and Software ). It was when MECATS saw an opportunity to assist individuals who have disabilities outside of the State of Maine and began working throughout New England that we decided it was time for a name change. ALLTech was born.
Deb is passionate about her work and believes that technology truly can make positive life enhancements for so many. She has her Masters Degree in special education and enjoys working with those who are young and not so young. She has two terrific children, two dogs, five cats, 3 fish and a wonderful, supportive partner. Deb enjoys spending time puttering around with wood and being outdoors.
Lou Isom has been a speech-language pathologist a few years now having graduated in 1987 with a Master’s degree in the field of communication disorders. Lou has a keen interest in helping individuals experience the greatest degree of success possible with respect to conveying basic needs and wants as well as the ability to connect with others emotionally in a variety of social situations. Despite the etiology of any type of communication challenge, Lou is tenacious in attempting to problem solve and determine functional solutions. She is a respectful team member who relishes the ideas and perspectives of others and is always open to learning. On a personal note, Lou loves to spend time with family, which includes her beloved animal children, and friends. She gardens like a crazy woman, loves to work with stone, and looks forward to watching the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament every summer. She attempts to live in the moment and does appreciate the “little things” in life.
Nicole Boivin received her Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology from the University of Maine at Farmington in 1997 and Master of Science in Communication Disorders from the University of New Hampshire in 1999. She holds the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Certificate of Clinical Competence, and the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® credential. Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate in Applied Behavior Analysis at Simmons College in Boston, MA. Her professional experience includes working with individuals who have developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, traumatic brain injury, and learning disabilities.
In 2007, Nicole received the Margaret L. Bauman, M.D. Award for Excellence Within the Autism Community, in the category of Outstanding Therapist/Educator in a School Setting. She has worked with ALLTech since 2005 conducting Augmentative and Alternative Communication evaluations, training, and consultations for individuals with assistive technology needs. Nicole joined Spurwink’s team as a Senior Program Director of Educational Services in July 2009.
Jeanette Beal came to ALLTech from Simmons College, where she completed a Masters in Education and Assistive Technology. Passionate about seeing people with disabilities create and sustain meaningful independent lives, she has worked with youth and adults to access education, work and home life. Jeanette is also a writer, poet and community organizer and recently participated in the Boston Assistive Technology Unconference. She is a co-editor and contributor of Breathe and Shadow, an online disability culture journal and shares assistive technology tips, tricks and interesting factoids on Twitter, @bealjk. She is thrilled to be joining ALLTech.
Patty McTigue has worked with ALLTech for almost two years as a Special Education Technologist. In this position Patty has worked in public schools helping students with disabilities appropriately access their education and instructing teachers on inclusion methods. Prior to this, Patty worked as a Rehabilitation Engineer in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at the University of Michigan Hospital. In this position, Patty worked with people with physical disabilities helping them to access their environment and increase independence.
Patty enjoys the opportunity to travel and expand her skills. For instance, during this past year, Patty spent two weeks in Peru working with Eleanor's Project building wheelchairs and improving the quality of life of Peruvian children in need.
Patty loves to spend as much time outdoors as possible; hiking, biking, or adventure racing.
In Spring, 2009 ALLTech joined forces with Spurwink's Professional Development Center. The Professional Development Center offers a variety of general and professional workforce development resources, including but not limited to: training needs assessments; mandatory employee training; courses leading to OQMHP certification; and leadership development. We can develop new curricula to address specific goals or adjust program content to provide more or less focus on particular areas of interest. Hourly, half-day and full-day trainings are available at our Portland-based facility or at an alternative location that is convenient to our customers.
Did you Know...
Augmentative & Alternative Communication Expertise 06-May-2011
. . . that ALLTech has two certified speech & language pathologists who are augmentative and..
Savings for School Districts 06-May-2011
.....that school districts can save by having individualized contracts with ALLTech. ALL..
Virtual Training & Technical Support 06-May-2011
. . . that you or your agency/school can save on travel expenses? ALLTech is now providing virtu..
ALLTech is Now Scheduling Workshops 16-Jul-2010
. . . that ALLTech is now scheduling professional development workshops for the 2010 – 2011 ac..
Digital Text is a Happening Scene 16-Jul-2010
. . . that digital text is a happening scene in education. Digital text creates the opportunity for ..
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