Join us as we explore the latest in technologies that are now available to increase independence of those with ASD. You will hear from:
About the Speakers
- Doug Meeker, CEO of LIfeSherpa will discuss Life Sherpa, a remote support cloud based platform. LifeSherpa powers and delivers content, reminders, reinforcements, self-help resources, best practices, communications, and analytics – turning the support experience into a proactive, proficient process and keeping your data secure.
- Justin Amoyal, CEO of Impruvon Health. Impruvon Health’s mission is to improve the health of individuals with difficult to maintain medication regimens, living at home or in long term care environments as well as the lives of those supporting them. This platform automates medication management by eliminating the manual storage and administration processes as well as record keeping, while aiding independence and security for the individual prescribed.
- Keivan Stassun, Stevenson Professor of Physics & Astronomy and Professor of Computer Science Director, Frist Center for Autism & Innovation at Vanderbilt. The Frist Center for Autism and Innovation contributes to the school’s Inclusion Engineering Mission through research in neurodiversity, workplace practices, and related areas.
Doug Meeker, CEO of Life Sherpa
Doug is an accomplished digital media and technology veteran with a broad range of experience in sales, marketing and operations for co.’s including AOL, Best Software and Gannett. Doug’s passion is centered helping those with developmental disabilities overcome life’s challenges. He is the father of a son with Autism.
Justin Amoyal, CEO of Impruvon Health
Justin Amoyal is an engineer by education but an entrepreneur at heart. Since 15 he has started and ran multiple successful businesses ranging from importing scooters from overseas and selling them throughout D.C., MD, and VA, to flipping houses, to optimizing medication management today! During Justin’s junior year in college, he interned for
Lockheed Martin where he invented a method to eliminate human errors during fighter jet production, this led to a sponsorship for his capstone project during his senior year and first job out of college. Justin continued working on advanced research and development programs for the government through 2019 when he unfortunately lost his brother to medication mismanagement, a problem Justin has been working to solve ever since. Keivan Stassun, Stevenson Professor of Physics & Astronomy and Professor of Computer Science Director, Frist Center for Autism & Innovation at Vanderbilt
Keivan Stassun is an astrophysicist whose research on stars and exoplanets has been published more than 400 times in academic journals. He also holds two patents – for a data visualization platform and an asteroid mining system – both invented with a team of neurodiverse students. The parent of an autistic teenager, and with the generous endowment support of the Frist family, in 2018 Stassun launched the Frist Center for Autism & Innovation at Vanderbilt, focused on engineering technologies and transforming workplaces, in support of and inspired by neurodiversity.
The Frist Center brings engineers, business scholars, and disabilities researchers together with experts in neuroscience and education to understand, maximize, and promote neurodiverse talent. From a strengths-based – as opposed to deficit-based – understanding of autism and neurodiversity, the Center sees opportunities for innovation in technology and in workplace practices. Primary areas of focus for the Frist Center’s work include: inventing and commercializing new technologies that enable autistic and other neurodiverse people to gain employment, succeed at work, and achieve their full potential; studying and understanding neurodiverse capabilities, and inventing and commercializing algorithms and systems that are inspired by those capabilities; developing policies, tools, trainings, and workplace practices that recognize and enlist neurodiverse people and talents in the workforce; demonstrating, documenting, and disseminating a community-based approach—including employers, self-advocates, researchers, policy makers, agencies, and organizations—to simultaneously enhance the bottom line for business and the quality of life for autistic individuals.