Kim Elliott, MS, CCC-SLP, ATP
Kim received a Bachelor’s of Fine Art from York University in Toronto, Canada and completed her graduate degree in Speech Language Pathology from Portland State University. Kim is a certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP), specializing in Augmented and Alternative Communication (AAC). Prior to Co-directing the AT Lab, she owned a private practice at Assistive Technology NW (ATNW), where she focused on developing communication systems for children and adults with complex communication needs. She has also worked at Randall Children’s Hospital on the Assistive Technology Team and with adults at Oregon Health and Sciences University in the Department of Otolaryngology serving clients with ALS, Parkinson’s, Stroke, neurodegenerative diseases, and with developmental disabilities. She contracted with the Department of Vocational Rehab in Vancouver, WA, to assess and implement AT to support adults in a vocational setting and with school districts on implementing AT in the classroom and adapting curriculum. She teaches the graduate AAC course as adjunct faculty at Portland State University and has participated in a Master Clinician video teaching project at the University of Oregon. She is also trained as a teacher of “Danceability”, a dance/movement approach that includes people of all abilities.
Carrie Luse, MSR, OT/L, ATP
Carrie graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2001 with a Masters in Occupational Therapy. Her education was primarily interdisciplinary, learning alongside physical therapy and speech language pathology students. Carrie is a certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) and specializes in communication access, seating & mobility, and sensory integration. Her true passion is working with and learning from people with complex communication, mobility, and medical needs. She worked for almost ten years at the Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel in Portland, Oregon and was part of multiple interdisciplinary clinic teams. Carrie has served children and adults through her private practice at Assistive Technology NW, as well as consulting at the Providence Neurodevelopmental Center for Children and The Child Center. Carrie is now co-directing the AT Lab at Community Vision. Carrie presents regionally and nationally on a variety of topics. She is adjunct teaching a new AT course at Pacific University for OT students. Carrie lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, two daughters, and two puppies.
Sabine Rear is a blind artist, speaker, educator, and lifelong assistive technology user. As the Accessibility Specialist she supports the work of connecting the community with access tools and facilitating exploration of these tools and technologies. Her artistic and academic work centers disabled embodiment from an intersectional feminist perspective and seeks to trouble ableist preconceptions of what makes a life worth living. Sabine’s undergraduate work in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Portland State University led to exploration of Disability Studies and introduction to the world of zine-making as means of making difficult academic concepts more accessible to her community. She graduated from the comics track of the Independent Publishing Resource Center’s Publishing Certificate Program in 2017 and her thesis project Reverse Flâneur, a crip-travelogue, was nominated for an Ignatz Award. She became an instructor with the Certificate Program in 2019. Sabine is passionate about accessibility as a consistent practice of listening, researching and collaborating.