Title: APHConnectCenter: Everything is New Again
Monday, July 19
1:00pm PDT/4pm EST
Presenter: Olaya Landa-Vialard, Ph.D. and Richard Rueda
Title: The Constant of Innovation – an overview of what is current and new with HumanWare products
Date: Tuesday, July 20
Time: 12:00pm PDT / 3:00pm EST
Presenter: Peter Tucic
Braille Challenge Alumni Panel
Date: Wednesday, July 21
Time: 1:00pm PDT / 4:00pm EDT
Workshop Presenter Bios:
Judith Lung participated in the National Braille challenge from 2007 to 2010, placing first at the Junior Varsity level in 2008 and the Varsity level in 2010. Some of Judith’s favorite memories from the Braille Challenge include meeting very talented peers, typing with breakneck speed during the Speed and accuracy test, and attending the awards banquet with her family and teachers. After graduating from high school, Judith went on to obtain her B.A. in English from UC Berkeley and M.S. in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from San Francisco State. Judith fell in love with computer programming after taking an introductory class in college, and she continued learning how to code on her own through taking online classes and working on personal projects. Today, Judith works as an apprentice engineer in Accessibility Engineering at LinkedIn, helping to develop tools that allow engineers to create more accessible products. In her spare time, Judith enjoys reading and writing short stories, composing music, playing piano, taking long walks, and working on an open-source program that converts digital sheet music into braille.
Jessica Minneci has been reading braille for 19 years. She participated in the Braille Challenge from 2008-2015 and competed in the final round in Los Angeles, CA in 2012, 2014, and 2015. Jessica works as a Communications Associate at the American Printing House for the Blind in Louisville, KY. She is also a graduate student at Seton Hill University, pursuing her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction. In her spare time, you can find Jessica reading, writing, swimming, and going on hikes with her guide dog Joyce as well as working on her podcast, The Half-Blood Princesses: A Harry Potter Podcast.
Title: Get Moving and Get Motivated with Goalball Paralympian, Tyler Merren
Date: Thursday, July 22
Time: 1:00pm PDT/4pm EST
Join us for a workshop on adaptive exercises and goal setting for success led by a three-time Paralympian.
Presenter: Tyler Merren
Workshop Presenter Bio:
Tyler Merren is a three-time Paralympian and two-time team medalist. Merren is currently training with the USA Men’s Goalball Team as they prepare for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan that was rescheduled for August 2021 due to COVID-19 pandemic precautions. When he isn’t training, Merren is an advocate for disability rights, motivational speaker, personal trainer, husband, father, and most recently served as an independent contractor with the Northeast Indiana Disability Advocacy Coalition.