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Our Mission

The mission of the San Diego Assistive Technology Center is to:

Support families in the critical role they play in helping their children reach their full potential by providing access to toys as learning tools.

Develop strategies, which assist individuals who are non-speaking to say what is on their mind without the need for interpretation or guessing by others.

Assist people who use AAC and their teams in developing a consistent means of communication; one that facilitates independence, learning and active participation in school, home, work and the community.

Train and support the community through a multitude of educational opportunities focusing on assertive technology. Our goal is to assist individuals to live as full and independent life as possible given the wealth of technology available on the market today.

Collaborate with a variety of people in the community to ensure that life-changing technology becomes accessible to those who need it most.

Click on a position for more information.

Joy Cole
Technology Programs Coordinator

Joy has been with United Cerebral Palsy since 1981. Joy worked in the adult day program and implemented the adult day program computer program until 1993. Joy worked with administrative staff members to develop and implement the UCP San Diego Assistive Technology Center program and services.

Joy currently is the Technology Programs Coordinator. She coordinates the software library, computer consultations and assists individuals, families and professionals in obtaining alternative computer access devices and software.

Farah Schlosser

AAC Program Coordinator

Farah Schlosser has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling. Her education and career have always focused on her passion for working with persons with disabilities.

As a social worker, she worked with medically fragile foster youth and later worked as a Disability Student Services Counselor for post-graduate level students.

As the AAC Program Coordinator, Farah is able to extend her knowledge of alternative access, universal learning, inclusion advocacy and vocational rehabilitation supports.

Janet Velazquez
Toy Library Coordinator

Janet has been working at UCP since 2005. Janet worked in the donation center, thrift store and became the Toy Library assistant in 2010.

In 2016, Janet became the Toy Librarian.

Janet is currently pursuing a Child Development Degree. Working in the thrift store made Janet want to work directly with children and people with special needs.

Gillian Hennessey
Managing Director of Programs

Gillian has a Bachelors Degree in Education and has been employed by UCP of San Diego since 2000. She provides administration and supervision of all UCP programs and staff.

She has over 38 years of experience in the field of disabilities both in the USA and Great Britain including the development and implementation of service and programs for people with disabilities and their families.

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