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ITKAN Monthly Meeting – January 2017


Hannah Thompson: A Young Professional Chronicles Her Professional Journey and the Effective Integration of Assistive Technology to Forge a Career


At the next members meeting ITKAN welcomes Hannah Thompson to discuss the use of assistive technology to support a full life and career. Hannah has Cerebral Palsy and a movement disorder called Dystonia. The Cerebral Palsy affects her balance and her ability to walk and speak. The dystonia is a neurological movement disorder that causes involuntary movements in all of her extremities. She utilizes various assistive technology to improve her productivity and assure her success. She uses a DynaVox to communicate daily, and it has also played a critical role in support of her motivational speaking career. With the use of Intellikeys, Hannah accesses her laptop commands efficiently. Along with these critical tools, Hannah uses software such as WordQ and Kurzweil to assist her in succeeding in college and now in her career.

Hannah Thompson graduated from Elmhurst College in 2012. She participated in Greek Life and was heavily involved in spiritual life on campus as well. Her professors nominated her for prestigious awards such as Lincoln Laureate. She currently lives independently in Elmhurst. She is a member of the Federal Communications Commission’s Disability Advisory Committee which is a complete honor to Hannah. She also had the privilege of having a documentary made about her life during her college years. She also blogs monthly, you can access her blogs at Hannah’s Adventures of Living Her Dream and Hannah’s College Adventures. After a year of being unemployed, she recently got a position at the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation as an advocate. In her free time, she serves as a mentor for the Give Something Back Foundation and is active in her community.

The next meeting will be
January 12, 2017, 5-7:30PM
Aon Tower
Microsoft Technology Center, 2nd Floor
200 E. Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60601