2017 Conference Vendors

2017 Conference Vendors


Deaf Services Center

Representative: Traci Bulen

Established in 1991, Deaf Services Center (DSC) is the only non-profit comprehensive services center of its kind in central Ohio.   With a mission “To empower the Deaf and Hard of Hearing people and to promote access to communication, services and events in the community,” DSC serves interpreting and speech-to-text needs in Northwest, Central and Southeastern Ohio.  Additionally, our Community Resource Department programs include Deaf Leadership, Deaf Kids Teen Club, Deaf Equipment Modification Program and the Regional Infant Hearing Program.   We would be honored to serve your needs.  For more information visit our website at dsc.org or contact us directly at 614-841-1991.


Texthelp Systems

Representative: Jon McPeters

“Hello, we’re Texthelp…leaders in assistive and language learning software.  Our literacy software supports millions of students in colleges and classrooms worldwide; enabling ELL students, those with disabilities, and other struggling learners to read and write with confidence.”  Visit www.texthelp.com to learn more about our award-winning software!


Onix Direct

Representative: Patrick McGovern

Onix, a longtime premier Google partner and Top 50 cloud solutions company, has developed an accessibility solution called Equidox. Equidox is a tool that simplifies the process of discovering, converting, and publishing PDF documents to WCAG 2.0 AA compliant HTML. Equidox automates the conversion process, and saves universities 60% of the time currently spent on manual conversion. The UI is easy to learn and use, and licensing can be purchased annually or on a monthly subscription basis. Equidox can also be integrated with the Google Search Appliance to help discover the backlog of existing PDF documents. To see a demo or learn more about Equidox, visit our booth, or contact Patrick McGovern at 800-664-9638 or pat@onixnet.com.



Representative: Christine Doody

At Kurzweil Education, we believe all learners deserve the opportunity to unlock their potential.  Our literacy technology offers multisensory approaches to reading, comprehension, study skills, writing, and test-taking so everyone can become independent, confident learners who can achieve rigorous academic goals.


I Can Connect

Representative: Betsy Bachtel

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center is the only iCanConnect (iCC) partner in Ohio, distributing Technology equipment to assist the visually/hearing-challenged to communicate in an increasingly digital world. The National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program will ensure that low-income individuals who have combined hearing and vision loss can access telephone, advanced communications, and information services. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has set aside funding to support one iCC program in each state. Participating programs will distribute equipment to qualified individuals and provide installation of the equipment, training, and support to assist them in connecting with their family, friends and community members.


VFO Group

Representative: Douglas Gerry

VFO is the world’s leading assistive technology provider for the visually impaired. On their own, our brands Ai Squared, Freedom Scientific, Optelec and The Paciello Group have a long history of developing and providing innovative solutions for blind and low vision individuals, helping them to reach their full potential. In 2015, Freedom Scientific and Optelec were merged into one worldwide organization. In 2016, Ai Squared was acquired. The Paciello Group was acquired in 2017.

 VFO develops products – both hardware and software – in cooperation with end-users. Innovation is important to us and we always strive for the best solution. Our team has extensive knowledge and years of experience in the field of assistive technology. With our solutions, we enable users to gain an education, obtain employment, succeed in professional careers, and live independently throughout their lives. Our products are represented in more than 70 countries.