Our team has over 125 years of collective experience in the assistive technology field. We work with ALL individuals, from our Birth to Three Services to our expertise in helping Seniors. Simply put, we are here to provide you with the right solutions for your need.
If you are interested in NEAT's AT services please contact Nicole Feeney at Nicole.Feeney@oakhillct.org.
If you are interested in NEAT's Equipment Services, please contact Jennifer Alexander at Jennifer.Alexander@oakhillct.org.
The NEAT Team
Nicole oversees the provision of technology to individuals with disabilities of all ages through The NEAT Center’s innovative services. She leads a team of skilled professionals conducting assessments and trainings across the continuum of assistive technology. Presenting at local and national conferences offers her the opportunity to promote community awareness and share unique and powerful benefits in using technology to support education, employment, independent living and community needs.
Nicole can be reached by:
Jamie has been an Assistive Technology Specialist for over ten years. He specializes in finding AT solutions for students and adults with dyslexia and other learning and attention issues. Before joining the AT team at NEAT, he was an independent consultant. In that role, he traveled across the United States, working one-to-one with students, training teachers, and giving presentations. He also wrote articles on assistive technology for various websites. During his many years in education, he was an Orton-Gillingham language tutor before getting immersed in the world of assistive technology. Having a full understanding of how remediation and accommodation can work together, he developed a successful assistive technology program at The Kildonan School in Amenia, NY, an institution dedicated to the education of students with dyslexia.In addition to his work for NEAT, Jamie enjoys sharing his knowledge of assistive technology with the viewers of Understood.org. As a consultant to Understood, he regularly participates in live video chats, as well as Twitter and Facebook chats. He also writes articles and blog posts and reviews apps for the site’s Tech Finder tool.To stay current on the latest developments in assistive technology, Jamie regularly attends educational conferences, including ATIA (Assistive Technology Industry Association) and IDA (International Dyslexia Association), and he has given many presentations at those events.Jamie can be reached by:
Adam has been an educator since 2008, but he wasn’t always sure how he wanted to use his teaching skills and love for technology. He started as a high school math teacher but after realizing that he most enjoyed working one-on-one with students he ended up working as a math tutor for a university’s disability services office. There he learned that he loved working with people with disabilities, particularly in assistive technology. It was then that something clicked, he knew this was the right field for him. Fast forward to 2018 where he luckily found an opportunity as NEAT’s new team member in the role of Assistive Technology Specialist. Most recently, he is putting his love for videogames and AT together in a new service, gaming accessibility!Adam can be reached by:
Jennifer is the NEAT Services Engagement Coordinator in charge of managing the Equipment Services, the Assistive Technology Lending Library, and assisting the Assistive Technology Specialists with the professional development, training, technical assistance, and consultation on a continuum of assistive technology devices. Jennifer is trained as an NAHB Certified Aging in Place Specialist. She also assists with providing services to families, educators, therapists, clinicians, and healthcare professionals as well as supporting with AT demonstrations to promote community awareness to people with disabilities of all ages.
Jennifer can be reached by:
- Email at Jennifer.Alexander@oakhillct.org
- Phone: 860-769-3856
Steve is the Manager of Blind Vocational Services and is responsible for providing Assistive Technology Evaluations, consultations and trainings to individuals with low vision, blindness and who are deaf/blind. This technology can assist people to use a personal computer, a tablet, or mobile device. People can learn the necessary skills to complete classroom assignments, complete college courses, obtain necessary employment skills or become gainfully employed. Some examples of the software and hardware that Steve teaches include; screen reading, screen magnification, scanning and reading, Braille note takers and Braille displays. Many of these pieces of technology are easily integrated with Windows based computers, tablets, Macintosh computers and Apple mobile devices.Steve was born legally blind and uses much of this technology on a daily basis in his professional and personal lives. He travels independently with his guide dog, a German Shepherd, named, Joel. He brings a wealth of knowledge and personal experience to the people he serves each day. Steve is also available to speak to individuals or groups to educate them on technology and services that can help them, their family members or friends.Steve can be reached by:
Kris is trained as an NAHB Certified Aging in Place Specialist. He researches and implements new technologies for the Smart Home on Wheels (SHOW) and demonstrates how to gain control of your home environment by using a range of low to high-tech solutions, including commercially available smart devices. He also provides consultations, evaluations, installations and trainings on smart home technology. Kris also provides assistance for Oak Hill’s Blind Vocational Services Program, and manages The NEAT Center’s website.Kristopher has an educational and professional background in information technologies and he holds a degree in Computer Science.Kris can be reached by:
Working in conjunction with the DORS Level Up Program, Jeff fills the role of a mentor; having deaf students shadow him in the work place while developing a vast set of unique job skills. He can also be found guiding them through their pursuit of technical school, college, or job search.
Jeff believes that kindness is a language in and of itself.
Jeff can be reached by:
- Email at Jeffrey.Clark@oakhillct.org.
Thomas is responsible for repairing and restoring durable medical equipment for NEAT’s adaptive equipment reuse services. His helpful disposition and kind soul are a terrific addition to the team. He is always ready to creatively troubleshoot and support a customer’s need for better equipment.Thomas can be reached by:
- email: Thomas.Dieli@oakhillct.org