Speakers are well known international researchers in the Assistive Technology field. They are authors of the articles assembled for the special issue of the scientific journal Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, published by Springer as well as a group of Italian scientists with a recognized history in Assistive Technology.
Giulio E. Lancioni
Giulio E. Lancioni is a Professor in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences, Neuroscience and Sense organs of the University “Aldo Moro” of Bari. His research interests include, among others, the development and assessment of assistive technologies for (a) people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, (b) people with consciousness disorders, lack of speech, and pervasive motor impairments, and (c) people with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The assistive technologies are mainly used for promoting positive interaction with the environment, and supporting alternative communication strategies and social and occupational skills among the aforementioned groups of people.
Serafino Buono is a Professor at the Department of Educational Sciences of the University of Catania and Director of U.O.C of Psychology of the IRCCS Oasi Maria SS. Since 1998, he has been responsible for the magazine Ciclo evolutivo e disabilità - Life Span and Disability and was the scientific coordinator of the project Continuity of taking charge and teleassistance in the main syndromes associated with mental retardation realized at the IRCCS Oasi Maria SS. and funded by the Ministry of Health. His research activities are in the field of cognitive enhancement, intellectual disability and related disorders.
Helen Cannella-Malone is a Professor in the Ohio State University Department of Educational Sciences and a certified behavior analyst. She worked in public schools and took part in private educational programs and special programs home-based. Her research interests include development of technology to support functional activities in people with developmental disabilities and the use of advanced technology solutions to perform assessments.
Patrizia Ceccarani is the technical and scientific Director of the Lega del Filo d'Oro and responsible of the Rehabilitation unit for people with deaf-blindness and multiple disabilities at the Osimo Center of the Lega del Filo d'Oro. She has a long experience in coordinating education/rehabilitation activities and teaching applied courses inside and outside the Lega. She is also actively involved in multi-center projects supported by European Community funds and is a member of the Multiply Disabled Visually Impaired European Network, www.mdvi-euronet.org.
Mauro M. Coppa
Mauro M. Coppa is a psychotherapist and pedagogist, he has long been associated with the Lega del Filo d'Oro and is now the Director of the education and rehabilitation services of the Osimo Center (An). He is particularly interested in the application and evaluation of programs for persons with severe/profound multiple disabilities and he has published a number of scientific papers in the area. He is also active in teaching courses focused on the use of innovative intervention strategies and assistive technologies for persons with multiple disabilities.
Lorenzo Desideri is an adjunct Professor at the School of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Bologna “Alma Mater”. He works as a clinical psychologist and researcher at the AIAS of Bologna, an association that is a pioniere in assistive technologies studies. His main research interests include applied psychology, cognitive and behavioral psychotherapy, technology as a support for cognitive and social development of people with intellectual, linguistic and learning disabilities.
Santo Di Nuovo
Santo Di Nuovo is a Professor at the Department of Educational Science of the University of Catania; he is also responsible for Clinical Service Counselin and guidance. His research activity is focused on methodological aspects and psychometric, applied to different areas of psychology: cognitive, personality, normal and pathological, legal, clinical and rehabilitation. As associated of SPR, Society for Research in Psychotherapy, he coordinated national projects on psychotherapy. In research on cognitive neuroscience, he worked with the Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems, University of Plymouth (UK), and other research institutions.
Orazio Miglino is a Professor at the University of Naples "Federico II" and president of the School of Psychology. He is a member of the Laboratory of Adaptive Robotics and Artificial Intelligence at the IST-CNR. Since 2014, he is a member of the Scientific Committee of Lega del Filo d'Oro association. His main research interests include biological and cognitive mechanisms that subjects use to build their world knowledge and the development of assistive technologies for individuals with multiple disabilities.
Rachel E. Myers
Rachel E. Myers is a tenured Associate Professor at the WellStar School of Nursing at Kennesaw State University and a registered nurse for 29 years, as well as a Certified Diabetes Educator for 26 years. As an independent Nursing Consultant since 2001, she has consulted for numerous facilities that serve individuals with mental illness and intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is a Qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher through the Center for Mindfulness, UMass Medical School. She is also an Associate Editor for the Journal of Child and Family Studies. Her research interests include mindfulness-based interventions, health and wellness, mental health, diabetes, and creative teaching and learning strategies.
Carlo Ricci is a Professor at the Department of Psychology of Salesian Pontifical University in Rome. He is a member from the foundation of the Italian Society of Health Psychology and Director of the School of Specialization in Behavioral Psychotherapy and Cognitivist at the Walden Institute of Rome and Bari. His research interests include the development of assistive technologies to encourage employment and constructive communication in people with multiple disabilities.
Marcia Scherer is the Director for the Institute for Matching Person and Technology. She is also the Sr. Research Associate for the International Center for Hearing and Speech Research a program of the University of Rochester. Dr. Scherer is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Rehabilitation Psychology, Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology and in Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics. She is also a Fellow of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and a member of the editorial board of the journal Disability and Rehabilitation, official journal of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine.
Ralf W. Schlosser
Ralf Schlosser is a Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northeastern University, and Director of Clinical Research at the Communication Enhancement Center at Boston Children's Hospital. His research is focused on augmentative and alternative communication interventions for children with developmental disabilities/autism spectrum disorder with particular emphasis on the repurposing of general consumer level technologies. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Co-Editor of Evidence-Based Communication Assessment and Intervention. Ralf has published 90+ peer-reviewed articles, 25+ book chapters, and 3 books.
Karrie A. Shogren is a Professor in the Department of Special Education, Senior Scientist in the Life Span Institute and Director of Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities. Prof. Shogren's research focuses on self-determination and the development of support systems for students with disabilities; she has a specific interest in the contextual factors that impact student’s outcomes. Dr. Shogren has published over 130 articles in peer-reviewed journals, is the author or co-author of 10 books and the lead author of the Self-Determination Inventory System (www.self-determination.org).
Nirbhay N. Singh
Nirbhay N. Singh, is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University. GA and CEO of MacTavish Behavioral Health, in Raleigh, NC. His interests include mindfulness, behavioral and psychopharmacological treatments of individuals with different abilities, assistive technology, and mental health delivery systems. He is the Editor-in-Chief of three journals: Journal of Child and Family Studies, Mindfulness, and Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, and the editor of three book series.
Michael L. Wehmeyer
Michael L. Wehmeyer is a Distinguished Professor of Special Pedagogy at the Ross and Marianna Beach Center of the University of Kansas. His research are focused on self-determination, application of positive psychology and innovative approaches to disabilities. He is actively committed in education of students with intellectual or developmental disabilities in order to encourage their course of study school. He is Senior Director and Scientist at the Beach Center on Disability and Co-Director of the Center on Evolutionary Disabilities.
Domenica Taruscio is the Director of the National Centre for rare Diseases at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità. Her studies have been directed on rare diseases: from prevention to diagnosis, treatment to epidemiologic studies through the National Register, education of health care providers, to information to citizens and empowerent of patients and improvement of their quality of life. She participates as coordinator or partner to several projects funded by the European Commission. She is member of national, european and international committees, including the International Rare Diseases Research Consortium; she is co-founder of the Undiagnosed Diseases Network International (http://www.udninternational.org). She represents Italy at the European Commission in the Board of Member States for the European Reference Networks.
Marta De Santis
Marta De Santis is researcher at the National Centre for Rare Diseases-Istituto Superiore di Sanità, where she’s the coordinator of the National Helpline for Rare Diseases and of the network of institutional helpline “R.I.C.A.Ma.Re” (Rete Italiana Centri di Ascolto e informazione sulle MAlattie RAre). She's responsible for liaising with the Patient Associations; she participates as a speaker / teacher in conferences and courses and promotes training&information initiatives for the general public and specifically to the patients or caregivers (e.g. Educational programs for patients on several issues on RD as orphan drugs and expanded newborn Screening; Open Days on Rare Diseases, Parent training courses to family members of people with rare disease, ecc). She's deputy representative of Dr. Taruscio on the Italian Scientific Board of the EUPATI project ("European Patients' Academy on Therapeutic Innovation"). She’s a member of the Coordinating Team of several European projects.
Mauro Grigioni has been working at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS) since 1988. He is currently manager of the National Center for Innovative Technologies in Public Health of the ISS. Among his research interests are: biomechanics of the cardiocirculatory system, with particular focus on implantable devices such as heart valves and stents; gait biomechanics; rehabilitation and remote rehabilitation; telemedicine; virtual reality and assistive technologies in particular with regard to the management of frail people, such as chronic patients with rare diseases and polymorbidity. Other interests regard the evaluation of the risks associated with the use of natural and artificial nanomaterials and the evaluation of the public awareness of risks related to radiation.
Paola Meli is researcher at the National Center for Innovative Technologies in Public Health of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome. He deals in particular with assistive technologies and aids to support fragility and disability with particular interest in deontological and bioethical aspects. It also deals with innovative technologies to support caregivers and social and health inclusion strategies for frail and disabled people.
Silvia Galeri is a doctor, specialist in Medicine Physics and Rehabilitation since 1994 and in Neurology. Director of the Rehabilitation Department and Head of the U.O. of Specialized Rehabilitation with neuromotor of the Rehabilitation center “E. Spalenza ”of the Don Gnocchi Foundation in Rovato (Brescia). Member of the Medical Committee of the Foundation, of the Department for Serious Cerebrolesions Acquired and of the HTA-Robotics work group of the Don Gnocchi Foundation. She collaborates with the University of Brescia as a Contract Professor at the Degree Course in Physiotherapy. He carries out research in the IRCCS of the Don Gnocchi Foundation and in the "Spalenza" center of Rovato.
Andrea Bernetti is Medical Doctor Specialist in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. Member of the National Presidency Councilor of SIMFER. Author of numerous publications in international journals, speaker at various national and international conferences. Former university researcher at the Sapienza University of Rome and professor of over 140 hours of teaching at the graduate courses of the Sapienza University of Rome, in particular in Medicine, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation Sciences of Health Professions.
Sara De Carli
Sara De Carli is a professional journalist, since 2004 editor of VITA. Graduated in philosophy, she deals in particular with welfare policies, disabilities, childhood and international adoptions. On the Lega del Filo d'Oro he has written four books: “Le mie dita ti hanno detto. Sabina Santilli e la Lega del Filo d'Oro" (2012); “Le chiavi dello scrigno” (2013); “L’amore in più” (2015); “Il codice del cuore“ (2016).