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Meet the NEAT team!

Our team has over 125 years of collective experience in the assistive technology field. We work with ALL individuals, from our Birth to Three Services to our expertise in helping Seniors. Simply put, we are here to provide you with the right solutions for your need.

Katie Hanley - Director, Oak Hill Centers

Katie is responsible for the administration, supervision and development of all Oak Hill Centers including: The NEAT Center at Oak Hill, a full service AT center including equipment reutilization, AT demonstration, evaluation, consultation, training and professional development; Chapter 126 Sports & Fitness, An Oak Hill Center which is a state of the art adaptive sports and fitness facility in Bristol, CT; The Oak Hill Center for Relationship and Sexuality Education, an innovative program that delivers services to persons with intellectual disabilities focusing on topics that include social skills, healthy boundaries and decision making; The Eleanor A. Brooks Blindness Related Supports Center, a program that includes services to persons with low vision or who are blind that include vocational training and residential housing; and, The Oak Hill Birth to Three Program that includes home delivery of early intervention clinical services. Katie can be reached by email at katie.hanley@OakHillCT.org.

Nicole Feeney, M. Ed. - Director of Assistive Technology Services

Nicole oversees the provision of technology to individuals with disabilities of all ages through The NEAT Center’s innovative services.  She leads a team of skilled professionals conducting assessments and trainings across the continuum of assistive technology. Presenting at local and national conferences offers her the opportunity to promote community awareness and share unique and powerful benefits in using technology to support education, employment, independent living and community needs.

Nicole can be reached by email at Nicole.Feeney@oakhillct.org.

Elena Fader, M.A., CCC-SLP - Assistive Technology Specialist and Speech-Language Pathologist

Elena is an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Specialist and Speech-Language Pathologist at New England Assistive Technology (NEAT), an Oak Hill Center.  She provides AAC consultations and evaluations for individuals of all ages with complex communication needs and related disabilities.  Elena also offers trainings and workshops to families, caregivers, and professionals to promote community awareness of technology to support communication and independence.  She has extended her support beyond her immediate community by presenting at conferences at the local and national levels.


Elena attended the University of Vermont (B.A., Phi Beta Kappa) and the University of Massachusetts Amherst (M.A., U.S. Dept. of Ed. Autism Spectrum Disorders Fellow).  She obtained her Assistive Technology Certificate from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a current member of the ASHA Special Interest Group 12 for AAC.  She is licensed by the states of Connecticut and Massachusetts as well as by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).  


Elena can be reached by email at Elena.Fader@oakhillct.org.


Jamie Martin - Assistive Technology Specialist

Jamie has been an assistive technology specialist for over ten years. He specializes in finding AT solutions for students and adults with dyslexia and other learning and attention issues. Before joining the AT team at NEAT, he was an independent consultant. In that role, he traveled across the United States, working one-to-one with students, training teachers, and giving presentations. He also wrote articles on assistive technology for various websites. During his many years in education, he was an Orton-Gillingham language tutor before getting immersed in the world of assistive technology. Having a full understanding of how remediation and accommodation can work together, he developed a successful assistive technology program at The Kildonan School in Amenia, NY, an institution dedicated to the education of students with dyslexia.

In addition to his work for NEAT, Jamie enjoys sharing his knowledge of assistive technology with the viewers of Understood.org. As a consultant to Understood, he regularly participates in live video chats, as well as Twitter and Facebook chats. He also writes articles and blog posts and reviews apps for the site’s Tech Finder tool.

To stay current on the latest developments in assistive technology, Jamie regularly attends educational conferences, including ATIA (Assistive Technology Industry Association) and IDA (International Dyslexia Association), and he has given many presentations at those events. 

Jamie can be reached at Jamie.martin@oakhillct.org.

 

Adam Kosakowski - Assistive Technology Specialist

Adam has been an educator since 2008, but he wasn’t always sure how he wanted to use his teaching skills and love for technology. He started as a high school math teacher but after realizing that he most enjoyed working one-on-one with students he ended up working as a math tutor for a university’s disability services office. There he learned that he loved working with people with disabilities, particularly in assistive technology. It was then that something clicked, he knew this was the right field for him. Fast forward to 2018 where he luckily found an opportunity as NEAT’s new team member in the role of Assistive Technology Specialist. Now he is extremely excited to help people with disabilities in his community find the right technology and tools for their needs.

Adam can be reached by email at adam.kosakowski@oakhillct.org.

Jennifer Alexander, AA, CAPS - NEAT Services Engagement Coordinator

Jennifer is the NEAT Services Engagement Coordinator in charge of managing the Assistive Technology Lending Library and assisting  the Assistive Technology Specialists with the professional development, training, technical assistance, and consultation on a continuum of assistive technology devices and assisting with providing services to families, educators, therapists, clinicians, and healthcare professionals as well as supporting with AT demonstrations to promote community awareness to people with disabilities of all ages.

  

Jennifer is trained as an NAHB Certified Aging in Place Specialist.  Jennifer comes to us with an extensive background in working with people of all age groups in the health care field as a Certified Individual Life Skills Trainer and a Certified Nursing Assistant.  

Jennifer earned her Associate’s Degree in Human Service from Goodwin College, and is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Strategic Communications (Public Relations) and a Minor in Psychology from Central CT State University. She is also completing a Disability Specialist Associate’s Degree from Manchester Community College.


Jennifer can be reached by email at Jennifer.Alexander@oakhillct.org.

Steven Famiglietti, BA – Manager, Blind Vocational Services

Steve is the Manager of Blind Vocational Services and is responsible for providing Assistive Technology Evaluations, consultations and trainings to individuals with low vision, blindness and who are deaf/blind.  This technology can assist people to use a personal computer, a tablet, or mobile device.  People can learn the necessary skills to complete classroom assignments, complete college courses, obtain necessary employment skills or become gainfully employed.  Some examples of the software and hardware that Steve teaches include; screen reading, screen magnification, scanning and reading, Braille note takers and Braille displays. Many of these pieces of technology are easily integrated with Windows based computers, tablets, Macintosh computers and Apple mobile devices.

Steve was born legally blind and uses much of this technology on a daily basis in his professional and personal lives.  He travels independently with his guide dog, a German Shepherd, named, Joel.  He brings a wealth of knowledge and personal experience to the people he serves each day.  Steve is also available to speak to individuals or groups to educate them on technology and services that can help them, their family members or friends.

Steven can be reached by email at Steve.Famiglietti@oakhillct.org.

Kristopher Thompson, CAPS - Smart Technology Specialist

Kris is trained as an NAHB Certified Aging in Place Specialist. He researches and implements new technologies for the NEAT Center Smart Home and demonstrates how to gain control of your home environment by using a range of low to high-tech solutions, including commercially available smart devices. He also provides consultations, evaluations, installations and trainings on smart home technology. Kris also provides assistance for Oak Hill’s Blind Vocational Services Program, and manages The NEAT Center’s website. 

Kristopher has an educational and professional background in information technologies and he holds a degree in Computer Science. 

Kris can be reached at Kristopher.Thompson@oakhillct.org.

Jeff Clark - Assistant Technician

Jeff is responsible for repairing and restoring durable medical equipment for NEAT’s adaptive equipment reuse services. His kind smile and helpful personality are comforting when he is found throughout the community and the state of CT, delivering adaptive equipment or picking up donations.

Working in conjunction with the DORS Level Up Program, Jeff fills the role of a mentor; having deaf students shadow him in the work place while developing a vast set of unique job skills. He can also be found guiding them through their pursuit of technical school, college, or job search.

Jeff believes that kindness is a language in and of itself.

Jeff can be reached at Jeffrey.Clark@oakhillct.org.

 

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” -Mark Twain

 

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