IAAIS Conference 2014

Grand Wayne Convention Center and Hilton Fort Wayne

June 26-28, 2014 Fort Wayne, Indiana

(Award-winning programs and samples are here.)

(Award photos are here.)



Wednesday  June 25

4-8 Registration                       Hilton

6-8 Board Meeting         Farnsworth Room at the Hilton



All meeting Rooms are in the Grand Wayne Convention




Thursday  June 26

8AM Registration opens                          Calhoun Hallway



9:30-11:30 AM Early Bird Session    Calhoun Ballroom A
How to get the most out of this conference and your IAAIS membership

Lori Kesinger, IAAIS Administrative Assistant



Lunch on your own



1:00 PM                                    Calhoun Ballroom A Welcome
Johnson-Coffey, Conference Host Keynote Address – “
iscovering the Stories of Our Live

Curt Witcher, Allen County Public Library Genealogy

Visit the Allen County Library

Visit the Genealogy Center



2:00 PM                                    Calhoun Ballroom A Opening Session, Stuart Holland, President IAAIS

IAAIS General Business Session –introduction of Board and Attendees

Thursday  June 26



4:30 Tour of Allen County Public Library and NEIRRS Courtesy of Friends of the Library



IAAIS wishes to thank the Friends of the Allen County Public Library for the generous underwriting of the Thursday evening Social

Event at the NEIRRS studio.





Hospitality Suite in the Windsor Room

#818 in the Hilton





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Friday June 27



8:00 AM Vendor Breakfast                  Gallery



9-10:15   General Session               Calhoun Ballroom A What Keeps You Up at Night?

Open Forum, lightly moderated to give folks a chance to talk. We all have issues that seem overwhelming.           By sharing our concerns and issues we might not have to reinvent the wheel.



10:15 BREAK                                                 Balcony



10:30-11:45 AM                              Calhoun Ballroom B Back to Basics:            How to Organize Your Organization

There are basic steps every business should follow.    The Northeast ISDBC will take us through the steps of creating a new business to help update your business plan, examine your funding options and make sure you have the proper government documentation filed

Jane Rich, Regional Director, Northeast ISDBC

10:30-11:45 AM                                 Calhoun Ballroom CD So What, and Who Cares? How to Tell a Compelling

Organizational Story

The workshop will highlight the essential elements of an organizational story that helps connect your mission to the values and interests of potential donors.

Michael E. Stone, Ph.D., Impact Strategies Inc.



Noon LUNCH                                                 Gallery with Lori Danse, Medical Science Liaison, Vanda Pharmaceuticals

Friday June 27



1:30-2:45 PM General Session         Calhoun Ballroom A Legislative Update

Melanie Brunson, ACB and Maryfrances Evans, IRIS





2:45 BREAK sponsored by WireReady NSI       Balcony















3:00 - 4:15  General Session           Calhoun Ballroom A Innovative Delivery Methods

For years SCA was the only method to deliver the signal of an Audio Information Service.            With changes in

technology there are many more options.    Our panel will discuss these options and how you can implement or improve them.

Jane Carlson, Tri-States Audio Information Service, Tom Williams, MindsEye; Andrea Pasquale, Sun Sounds of Arizona;               Werner Haan, Solutions Radio.   Moderated by Marjorie Williams, Executive Director MindsEye and 1st Vice-President of IAAIS



Dinner on your own





Hospitality Suite in the Windsor Room

#818 in the Hilton

Saturday June 28



10:30-12 Noon Workshop               Calhoun Ballroom CD Fundraising Basics

Terri Walker, Executive Director Reading & Radio

Resource, Dallas,TX




Lunch                                                   Gallery



1:30-2:45 General Session                 Calhoun Ballroom A The impact of mobile technology on access to information by people with disabilities -- past, present, and future

Wade Wingler, Director of Assistive Technology Easter Seals Crossroads  and Jeremy Curry, Director of Product Management for Ai Squared





2:45 Break sponsored by Telephone Reader   Balcony







3:00 IAAIS Closing Business Session     Calhoun Ballroom A



6:00 Presidents Reception                      Gallery

7:00 Dinner and Awards Banquet            Gallery

Immediately following the Banquet:



Hospitality Suite in the Windsor Room

#818 in the Hilton



Sunday June 29

6:30-9A Board Meeting                            Gallery











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Melanie Brunson is the Executive Director of the American Council of the Blind (ACB). She joined the staff of ACB in August, 1998, initially serving as the organization’s Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs. She moved to the Executive Director’s position in March of 2004.

Before coming to ACB, Mrs. Brunson lived and worked in California. She practiced law in that state for fourteen years. Much of that time was spent in a private practice which emphasized estate planning for people with disabilities and their families. From April of 1996 to December of 1997, she worked as a Client Assistance Program Advocate, assisting individuals with disabilities with legal issues related to their matriculation of the state’s vocational rehabilitation system. From January to July of 1998, she was employed by the Western Law Center for Disability Rights in Los Angeles.

Mrs. Brunson obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Whittier College, and her Juris Doctorate from Whittier College School of Law. She was admitted to the California Bar in

1984 and still maintains her license to practice law in California.


Mrs. Brunson lives in Vienna, Virginia with her husband Lyle and two female Labrador Retrievers. Sparta is a black Labrador and a working guide dog. Zora is a yellow Labrador and a happily retired guide dog.

Jane Carlson has been Director of Tri-States Audio Information


Services since 2011. A native of west central Illinois and a graduate


of Monmouth College with a degree in English, she previously worked as a bookseller, copywriter, book publicist, grant writer, newspaper reporter, editor, instructor, database manager, and development researcher. As a reporter for the Galesburg Register-Mail, she coordinated a newsroom-wide series on growing local poverty that

one several state and one national award. She was appointed to the IAAIS Board this year and currently serves as Vice-President of Illinois Radio Information Services (IRIS). Outside of work, she is a freelance writer and photographer and a bit of a gardening addict.




Jeremy Curry holds a B.S. in Secondary Education from Indiana University. Jeremy was previously the Director of Training for GW Micro for nearly a decade, and after the merger of Ai Squared and GW Micro in 2014, he now serves as the Director of Product Management for Ai Squared, a company known as a worldwide leader in the assistive technology field for over 20 years, maker of

ZoomText, Window-Eyes and site cues. He combines his educational expertise with his extensive technology background to develop, create, and provide the best possible assistive technology customer experience for people who are low vision or blind. He oversees product enhancements to existing product lines as well as the

creation of new assistive technology products. He also focuses on business development for Ai Squared, as well as creating and

improving innovative training avenues and processes. Additionally, he specializes in usability, and how usability processes translate from development to the real world.




Maryfrances Evans began her broadcast career at KCCI in Des Moines in 1982. Over her 26-year tenure, she advanced from newscast director to management. She left KCCI in 2006 to focus on her small daughters but remained active in freelance videography, marketing and non-profit work. She joined IRIS in 2010 and accomplishments there include statewide DTV delivery, FCC service on the VPAAC Committee and spreading awareness about radio reading from City Hall to Capitol Hill.

“The simple beauty of thousands of volunteers reading aloud cannot be argued. My job is to expand our support and funding by telling the story of radio reading.”




Lori Dansie, PhD, MBA is a member of the medical affairs department for Vanda Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of products for the treatment of central nervous system disorders to address unmet needs. Dr. Dansie earned her doctorate in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California, Riverside and an MBA with a focus on Biomedical Management from the University of Memphis. During her doctoral training, her research was concentrated in neuroscience and biomedical science where she

aided in the discovery and mechanistic study of a new therapeutic target for the treatment of Fragile X Syndrome. In addition, she served as an instructor for a variety of Biochemistry courses as well as a course in the Fundamentals of Neuroscience. Throughout her academic career, she has published six peer-reviewed publications.




Werner Haan is the founder, owner and director of Solutions Radio


BV, a company specialized in developing dedicated radio solutions


for closed-user-groups. Solutions Radio has developed a stand-alone


Webradio for easy listening to the Internet without the use of a PC


/computer. He is based in Bonaire(Dutch Antilles) and visits the IAAIS Conference each year.



Deborah Kendrick is an award-winning author, columnist, and poet. Her newspaper column on disability rights issues has run in a variety of newspapers nationwide since 1986, and currently appears on the Sunday editorial page of the Columbus Dispatch. She has written several books on jobs held by people who are blind and visually impaired, and her poems have appeared in two anthologies.

In 1985, she launched the first international publication on access technology for blind and visually impaired people. TACTIC, as that magazine was called was produced from 1985 to 2000, when it was subsumed by the American Foundation for the Blind to become AccessWorld. She continues to serve as senior features editor for

You may be familiar with Marjorie from the hours and hours of Sports Center spent chronicling her rise to the top of the kickball world as the starting secondbasewoman for the three time South St. Louis County Recreational League Championship team, the Recess Renegades.




Tom Williams is the Program & Volunteer Coordinator at MindsEye in Belleville, Illinois and has been working there for four years. He graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2008 with a degree in Mass Communications and received a certificate in Broadcasting from Broadcast Center in St. Louis, Missouri in 2009. He spends his free time writing music, producing podcasts and filling substitute reader spots for the live news. Tom and his wife, Tara, currently reside in Maryville, Illinois and have two beautifully loud children.




Wade Wingler is the Director of the Assistive Technology Center and the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads in Indianapolis.

He began working as an assistive technology instructor at Easter Seals Crossroads in 1993. Since that time, he has developed his management and technical skills and now oversees assistive technology services and the INDATA Project, a federally funded state-wide assistive technology program for the agency.

Wade graduated from Butler University and is a RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Practitioner (ATP).                  He is a well-known speaker at National and International Conferences, is an adjunct lecturer of

assistive technology at Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis, Vincennes University, and is often a guest lecturer at other universities. He also hosts the popular internet radio program

and podcast “Assistive Technology Update.”


Wade is the past-chair of the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Disability— City of Indianapolis, the past-president of the Indiana Rehabilitation Association, and serves on a variety of advisory boards for organizations such as the national Association of Assistive

Technology Act Programs, the Indiana Traumatic Brain Injury Board, The IF Foundation and Indiana Agrability/Breaking New Ground.




Curt Witcher is the Senior Manager for Special Collections at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN. In that capacity he manages the widely acclaimed Genealogy Center as well as the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection of Abraham Lincoln related research materials. Curt is the project lead on the library’s digitization initiatives—Initiatives that include partnerships with the Family Search International, the Internet Archive, Ancestry, ProQuest, Fold3 and WeRelateorg. He is in his thirty-sixth year of service at the Allen County Public Library.

Curt was distinguished in 1995 as a fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association (FUGA) and received the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern Humanitarian Award, 1997. Curt was recognized in 2006 by being named the first fellow of the Indiana Genealogical Society. He was honored in May of 2007 with the