Speakers are well known international researchers in the Assistive Technology field. They are authors of the articles assembled for the special issue of the International Journal of Development Disabilities as well as a group of Italian scientists with a recognized history in Assistive Technology.

Speakers are well known international researchers in Assistive Technology field. They are authors of the articles assembled for the special issue of the International Journal of Development Disabilities as well as a group of Italian scientists with a recognized history in Assistive Technology.

GIULIO LANCIONI


Giulio E. Lancioni is Professor in the Department of Neuroscience and Sense Organs at the University of Bari, Italy. His research interests include development and assessment of assistive technologies, evaluation of alternative communication, and training of social and occupational skills for persons with different levels of disabilities due to congenital encephalopathy, neurodegenerative diseases, or acquired brain injury.

RUSSELL LANG


Russell Lang is Associate Professor of Special Education at the Texas State University (San Marcos) and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. His research interests concern the treatment of challenging behavior in individuals with autism spectrum disorder, the establishment of activity and leisure skills in individuals with developmental disabilities, and the use of assistive technology in school or other education settings to promote communication opportunities and foster academic skills.

HELEN CANNELLA-MALONE


Helen Cannella-Malone is Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at the Ohio State University and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has worked in public schools, private educational programs and special home-based programs. Her research interests include the development of technology-aided strategies to teach and support functional activity in persons with developmental disabilities as well as the use of advanced technology solutions for assessment with the same population.

ORAZIO MIGLINO


Orazio Miglino is a member of the Laboratory for Adaptive Robotics and Artificial Intelligence at ISTC-CNR and professor at the University of Naples “Federico II” where he is also the chair of the school of psychology. His main research interests concern (a) the biological and cognitive mechanisms that organisms use to build their knowledge of the world and (b) the development of assistive technology to foster constructive occupation and communication in individuals with developmental and multiple disabilities.

CARLO RICCI


Carlo Ricci is Professor in Rehabilitation Psychology at the “Universita` Pontificia Salesiana” of Rome. He is a founding member of the Italian Society of Psychology of Health and Director of Training in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapy at the Walden Institute of Rome and Bari. His research interests include the development of assistive technology to foster constructive occupation and communication in individuals with developmental and multiple disabilities.

RALF SCHLOSSER


Ralf Schlosser is Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, at the Northeastern University, Boston. His research interests are related to the efficacy of interventions in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) particularly as they relate to the role of speech output and different graphic symbol sets for individuals with developmental disabilities. He is also concerned with methodological issues in conducting efficacy research and research synthesis.

JEFF SIGAFOOS


Jeff Sigafoos is Professor in the School of Education, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His research interests include communication and occupation programs for individuals with developmental and physical disabilities, educational programming for children with autism spectrum disorders, and the assessment and treatment of problem behavior in individuals with developmental and physical disabilities.

NIRBHAY N. SINGH


Nirbhay N. Singh is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University, Augusta, Georgia. His research interests include mindfulness, behavioral and psychopharmacological treatment of individuals with disabilities, and assistive technology for supporting individuals with severe/profound and multiple disabilities.

FELISSA GOLDSTEIN


Felissa Goldstein is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Telepsychiatry Committee. She is Medical Director and psychiatrist at the Lee Specialty Clinic, Louisville, Kentucky. She specializes in treating patients with developmental disabilities and complex medical issues. She also serves as President of the Georgia Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and is board certified in adult, adolescent and child psychiatry.

MICHAEL L. WEHMEYER


Michael L. Wehmeyer is the Ross and Marianna Beach Distinguished Professor of Special Education at the University of Kansas. His research focuses on self-determination, the application of positive psychology and strengths-based approaches to disability, the education of students with intellectual or developmental disabilities, and access to the general curriculum for such students. He is Director and Senior Scientist at Kansas University's Beach Center on Disability, and Co-Director of the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities.

MARK F. O'REILLY


Mark F. O’Reilly is Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include assessment and treatment of severe challenging behavior in individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disorders, design and evaluation of assistive technology to support individuals with severe and profound multiple disabilities, and communication/social skills interventions for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

SERENELLA BESIO


Serenella Besio is Professor of Special Education in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Valle d'Aosta. She is largely focused on the education of support teachers for students with special needs. Her main research interests concern the development and assessment of assistive technology solutions (in particular, software solutions) for education and rehabilitation programs within school settings.

MARCO LAZZARI


Marco Lazzari is Associate Professor of Special education, Vice-chancellor for vocational guidance, traineeship and work placement, formerly Coordinator of the Undergraduate course on Educational sciences, at the Department of Human and Social Sciences of the University of Bergamo. His research interests concern, among others, augmentative and alternative communication for persons with severe disabilities and application of artificial intelligence techniques to safety problems.

LORENZO DESIDERI


Lorenzo Desideri is Adjunct professor at the School of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Bologna (Cesena). He also works as clinical psychologist and researcher at the Center for Assistive Technology of AIAS Bologna. His main research interests are in applied psychology, cognitive and behavioral psychotherapy, assistive technology, and health services research.

STEFANO FEDERICI


Stefano Federici is Associate Professor of General Psychology at the University of Perugia and a long-standing member of the Scientific Committee of the International Conference on Space Cognition. He is also visiting Professor of Psycho-technologies at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. His main research interests concern assistive technology and disability areas, sexuality and disability, and human-computer interaction.

PATRIZIA CECCARANI


Patrizia Ceccarani She is the technical and scientific Director of the Lega F. D'Oro and responsible of the Rehabilitation unit for people with deaf-blindness and multiple disabilities at the Osimo Center of the Lega F. 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 COPPA


Mauro Coppa he has long been associated with the Lega F. D'Oro and is now the Director of the education and rehabilitation services of the Osimo Center of the Lega. He is particularly interested in the application and evaluation of programs directed at persons with severe/profound multiple disabilities and 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 those low-functioning persons.

BRIAN SALMONS


Brian Salmons received his Ph.D. in London, UK, in 1984. He served as a member of the editorial board of the British Journal of Developmental Disabilities (BJDD) from 1995 until 2006. In 2006, he became a co-editor of the BJDD with Dr. Langa and oversaw a number of changes to the Journal, including the title change to the International Journal of Developmental Disabilities (IjDD), which is now published by Taylor & Francis on behalf of the British Society for Developmental Disabilities (BSDD). Dr. Salmons areas of expertise are the genetics of diseases and disorders, as well as cell and gene therapy.

ARTURO LANGA


Arturo Langa is a Consultant Psychiatrist, specialising in Intellectual Disabilities and working in the National Health Service (NHS) in Scotland where he has many years of senior medical management experience. A visiting Professor at the University of the Highlands & Islands, he also sits as a Council Member of the Patient Safety Section of the Royal Society of Medicine in the UK. Professor Langa is a Non-executive Board Member of a large charity offering services so some of the most vulnerable people in society including intellectual disabilities, drug addiction, mental health issues and homelessness. A member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Professor Langa is a keen supporter of the Patient Safety agenda.

GIULIO LANCIONI


Giulio E. Lancioni is Professor in the Department of Neuroscience and Sense Organs at the University of Bari, Italy. His research interests include development and assessment of assistive technologies, evaluation of alternative communication, and training of social and occupational skills for persons with different levels of disabilities due to congenital encephalopathy, neurodegenerative diseases, or acquired brain injury.

RUSSELL LANG


Russell Lang is Associate Professor of Special Education at the Texas State University (San Marcos) and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. His research interests concern the treatment of challenging behavior in individuals with autism spectrum disorder, the establishment of activity and leisure skills in individuals with developmental disabilities, and the use of assistive technology in school or other education settings to promote communication opportunities and foster academic skills.

HELEN CANNELLA-MALONE


Helen Cannella-Malone is Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at the Ohio State University and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has worked in public schools, private educational programs and special home-based programs. Her research interests include the development of technology-aided strategies to teach and support functional activity in persons with developmental disabilities as well as the use of advanced technology solutions for assessment with the same population.

ORAZIO MIGLINO


Orazio Miglino is a member of the Laboratory for Adaptive Robotics and Artificial Intelligence at ISTC-CNR and professor at the University of Naples “Federico II” where he is also the chair of the school of psychology. His main research interests concern (a) the biological and cognitive mechanisms that organisms use to build their knowledge of the world and (b) the development of assistive technology to foster constructive occupation and communication in individuals with developmental and multiple disabilities.

CARLO RICCI


Carlo Ricci is Professor in Rehabilitation Psychology at the “Universita` Pontificia Salesiana” of Rome. He is a founding member of the Italian Society of Psychology of Health and Director of Training in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapy at the Walden Institute of Rome and Bari. His research interests include the development of assistive technology to foster constructive occupation and communication in individuals with developmental and multiple disabilities.

RALF SCHLOSSER


Ralf Schlosser is Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, at the Northeastern University, Boston. His research interests are related to the efficacy of interventions in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) particularly as they relate to the role of speech output and different graphic symbol sets for individuals with developmental disabilities. He is also concerned with methodological issues in conducting efficacy research and research synthesis.

JEFF SIGAFOOS


Jeff Sigafoos is Professor in the School of Education, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His research interests include communication and occupation programs for individuals with developmental and physical disabilities, educational programming for children with autism spectrum disorders, and the assessment and treatment of problem behavior in individuals with developmental and physical disabilities.

NIRBHAY N. SINGH


Nirbhay N. Singh is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University, Augusta, Georgia. His research interests include mindfulness, behavioral and psychopharmacological treatment of individuals with disabilities, and assistive technology for supporting individuals with severe/profound and multiple disabilities.

FELISSA GOLDSTEIN


Felissa Goldstein is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Telepsychiatry Committee. She is Medical Director and psychiatrist at the Lee Specialty Clinic, Louisville, Kentucky. She specializes in treating patients with developmental disabilities and complex medical issues. She also serves as President of the Georgia Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and is board certified in adult, adolescent and child psychiatry.

MICHAEL L. WEHMEYER


Michael L. Wehmeyer is the Ross and Marianna Beach Distinguished Professor of Special Education at the University of Kansas. His research focuses on self-determination, the application of positive psychology and strengths-based approaches to disability, the education of students with intellectual or developmental disabilities, and access to the general curriculum for such students. He is Director and Senior Scientist at Kansas University's Beach Center on Disability, and Co-Director of the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities.

MARK O'REILLY


Mark F. O’Reilly is Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include assessment and treatment of severe challenging behavior in individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disorders, design and evaluation of assistive technology to support individuals with severe and profound multiple disabilities, and communication/social skills interventions for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

SERENELLA BESIO


Serenella Besio is Professor of Special Education in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Valle d'Aosta. She is largely focused on the education of support teachers for students with special needs. Her main research interests concern the development and assessment of assistive technology solutions (in particular, software solutions) for education and rehabilitation programs within school settings.

MARCO LAZZARI


Marco Lazzari is Associate Professor of Special education, Vice-chancellor for vocational guidance, traineeship and work placement, formerly Coordinator of the Undergraduate course on Educational sciences, at the Department of Human and Social Sciences of the University of Bergamo. His research interests concern, among others, augmentative and alternative communication for persons with severe disabilities and application of artificial intelligence techniques to safety problems.

LORENZO DESIDERI


Lorenzo Desideri is Adjunct professor at the School of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Bologna (Cesena). He also works as clinical psychologist and researcher at the Center for Assistive Technology of AIAS Bologna. His main research interests are in applied psychology, cognitive and behavioral psychotherapy, assistive technology, and health services research.

STEFANO FEDERICI


Stefano Federici is Associate Professor of General Psychology at the University of Perugia and a long-standing member of the Scientific Committee of the International Conference on Space Cognition. He is also visiting Professor of Psycho-technologies at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. His main research interests concern assistive technology and disability areas, sexuality and disability, and human-computer interaction.

PATRIZIA CECCARANI


Patrizia Ceccarani She is the technical and scientific Director of the Lega F. D'Oro and responsible of the Rehabilitation unit for people with deaf-blindness and multiple disabilities at the Osimo Center of the Lega F. 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 COPPA


Mauro Coppa He has long been associated with the Lega F. D'Oro and is now the Director of the education and rehabilitation services of the Osimo Center of the Lega. He is particularly interested in the application and evaluation of programs directed at persons with severe/profound multiple disabilities and 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 those low-functioning persons.

BRIAN SALMONS


Brian Salmons received his Ph.D. in London, UK, in 1984. He served as a member of the editorial board of the British Journal of Developmental Disabilities (BJDD) from 1995 until 2006. In 2006, he became a co-editor of the BJDD with Dr. Langa and oversaw a number of changes to the Journal, including the title change to the International Journal of Developmental Disabilities (IjDD), which is now published by Taylor & Francis on behalf of the British Society for Developmental Disabilities (BSDD). Dr. Salmons areas of expertise are the genetics of diseases and disorders, as well as cell and gene therapy.

ARTURO LANGA


Arturo Langa is a Consultant Psychiatrist, specialising in Intellectual Disabilities and working in the National Health Service (NHS) in Scotland where he has many years of senior medical management experience. A visiting Professor at the University of the Highlands & Islands, he also sits as a Council Member of the Patient Safety Section of the Royal Society of Medicine in the UK. Professor Langa is a Non-executive Board Member of a large charity offering services so some of the most vulnerable people in society including intellectual disabilities, drug addiction, mental health issues and homelessness. A member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Professor Langa is a keen supporter of the Patient Safety agenda.