Access Technologies, Inc., (ATI) History

In 1994, Access Technologies, Inc., ATI, formed as a nonprofit organization to continue the work of the activities of the Assistive Technology Act of 1998 grant, which formed in 1990. Today, Oregon’s Statewide Assistive Technology Program is sponsored by the Oregon Department of Human Services, Seniors and People with Disabilities and is partially funded by a grant from Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) of the U.S. Department of Education. ATI administers Oregon’s Statewide Assistive Technology Program through a team of Certified Assistive Technology Specialists.

Today, ATI is recognized as the leader in ergonomic and assistive technology.

Our Board of Directors, Advisory Council and Staff take pride in developing and implementing comprehensive services that further our organizational Mission: "to assure that persons with disabilities in Oregon will be able to secure and effectively use assistive technologies."

Our Board of Directors:

Davey Hulse Chair:

Davey is a blind technology user who is the CEO of a blindness-related transcription company: Braille Plus. He was on the governing board of the original Tech Act grant from 1989 to 1994. Davey was a founding ATI board member in 1994 and has served continuously on the board. He developed the current ATI business plan and is serving as Chairman for the ATI Board of Directors.

John Newman Vice Chair:
John is retired from the State of Oregon, after 12 years of employment, for the Seniors and People with Disabilities; running the employment program for Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties. John has multiple disabilities. In 2002, John was awarded the Directors Excellence Award; in addition he also won Oregon Disabilities Commission Distinguished Service Award.

Susan McNaught Treasurer:
Dr. Susan McNaught has a strong history with ATI. She served as Executive Director from 1993-1996, and helped facilitate the creation of ATI as a non-profit organization. Susan left ATI to return to a teaching career at the university and in the fall of 2013 returned to ATI to serve on the board. She has worked in the field of education all her adult life, teaching in community colleges and universities.

Meet the Staff of Access Technologies, Inc.

Laurie Brooks, ADAC
Certified Assistive Technology Specialist
Certified Dragon Trainer

Brenda Price
Office Manager/Bookkeeper

Elisha Kirsch, ATP,  ADAC
Certified Assistive Technology Specialist
Certified Dragon Trainer

Wendy Laney
Assistive Technology Specialist

Brian Sacre
Assistive Technology Specialist

Lisa Miner
Office Specialist