HELIX Connect ExhibitorsAlpha Sensory
Alpha Sensory is an independent distributor of low-vision and adaptive devices encompassing small and large devices, magnification, and text-to-speech. Free consultations and demonstrations are available to assist with matching the appropriate items to an individual’s needs.
American Printing House for the Blind
The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is the world’s largest nonprofit organization creating accessible learning experiences through educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are blind and visually impaired. Their mission is to empower people who are blind or have low vision by providing accessible and innovative products, materials, and services for lifelong success.
Augmentative Communication Consultants Inc.
Augmentative Communication Consultants, Inc. (ACCI) is a Pennsylvania-based company dedicated to assisting with selecting and using assistive technologies needed to communicate, learn, play, socialize, and live everyday life as independently as possible. ACCI partners with quality assistive technology and software manufacturers to offer solutions that enhance the lives of individuals of various ages and ability levels.
DePaul School for Hearing & Speech
DePaul School for Hearing and Speech, located in Pittsburgh, teaches children from birth through 8th-grade who are deaf or hard of hearing to listen and speak without sign language. DePaul School is the only Listening and Spoken Language (LSL)
school in the western Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia tri-state area.
Forbes Rehab Services, Inc. has provided innovative assistive technology solutions to individuals with all levels of disability. While communication devices have always been their primary focus, they also offer adaptive computer access, custom mounting solutions, environmental control systems, and custom adaptive solutions.
HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy
HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy, located in Philadelphia, serves school-age children and young adults through age 21 who have complex, multiple disabilities usually resulting from cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, or other neurological impairments.
Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians
The Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians (LAMP) is a free program as part of the Library of Congress' National Library of Blind and Visually Disabled funded through the Pennsylvania Office of Commonwealth Libraries and Administered throughout the state of Pennsylvania by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and the Free Library of Philadelphia. LAMP circulates over 1.5 million titles in accessible formats including digital download, Braille, print/Braille, large-print, and Audio described DVDs to Pennsylvanians.
ObjectiveEd strives to provide students with disabilities, as well as their parents and professionals supporting them, with a digital curriculum and integrated performance monitoring and reporting tools that will help them achieve their best educational outcomes possible.
Parent to Parent of PA
Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania links families of children and adults with disabilities or special needs to Peer Supporter families for purposes of support and information.
PASA DLM - PaTTAN
The PA Alternate System of Assessment (PASA) is an alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards. The PASA is aligned with the grade-level standards and alternate eligible content (AEC). AEC is reduced in depth, breadth, and complexity. To participate in the PASA, students must be deemed eligible by the IEP Team. The PASA DLM Instruction and Assessment Resource Hub website offers information about alternate assessments.
PaTTAN Short-Term Loan
The Short-Term Loan (STL) Program provides LEAs with devices to assess the assistive technology needs of students with disabilities. AT kit categories include augmentative and alternative communication, blindness/visual impairment, computer access, deaf/hard of hearing/deafblind, switch access/environmental access, and technology for print/reading/writing support.
PRC-Saltillo is a worldwide developer of speech-generating devices (SGDs), market-leading apps, and several innovative AAC language systems that enable individuals with complex communication disorders the ability to express themselves. PRC-Saltillo’s AAC solutions enable children and adults to achieve spontaneous, independent, and interactive communication regardless of their disability, literacy level, or motor skills.
Schanzenbach Consulting is committed to providing clients with the skills and technology needed to live and work independently. They offer specialized expertise in Access Technology hardware and software for people with learning disabilities, visual impairments, and physical disabilities. They will specifically be demonstrating the Orcam Read and MyEye products.
Smartbox Assistive Technology
Smartbox creates assistive technology that helps disabled people of all ages to communicate and be independent. Smartbox works with individuals, families, and professionals to find the best solution for them and their individual needs.
Talk to Me Technologies
Talk to Me Technology provides speech devices by using staff comprised of Speech-Language Pathologists who put their clinical expertise first and are led by the depth of their own knowledge to assist individuals in being matched with a speech device that works for them and not the other way around.
The Arc of Pennsylvania
The Arc of Pennsylvania was founded by parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc is the largest national advocacy organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Tobii Dynavox works to help people with communication and mobility challenges live richer, more meaningful lives. They are the leading provider of Touch and Eye-tracking Assistive Technology hardware and software for those with communication and mobility challenges. Tobii DynaVox works to ensure that their technology and solutions for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) are easy to use and can withstand daily stresses.
UPMC Children’s Hospital
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
is a leader in the treatment of childhood conditions and diseases, a pioneer in the development of new and improved therapies, and a top educator of the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists.
Vis-Ability, Inc.'s mission is to improve the quality of life and promote independence for individuals with low vision.
Western PA School for the Deaf
The Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (WPSD), a non-profit, tuition-free school, provides academic and extracurricular programs to deaf and hard-of-hearing children from birth through twelfth grade. American Sign Language, Sign Supported English, and Spoken English are all incorporated to promote the academic, social, emotional, and physical development of our students.