Assistive Technology Makers' Fair

Making AT for All Conference and Expo
AT Makers Fair: Making AT for All Conference and Expo

AT Makers at WorkJoin Us for the Make AT for All Conference and Expo!

The AT Makers’ Fair will inspire participants to become creative problem solvers, bringing together makers of all abilities to share ideas, develop new skills and enhance innovations for persons with disabilities. The Fair will empower individuals with the methods, materials and know-how needed to efficiently create everyday just-in-time devices and technologies. Join us! Novice to veteran makers of all ages and abilities are welcome.


  • Conference kick off with inspiring AT maker movement leaders
  • Hands-on learning workshops
  • AT Invention Contest
  • Make AT Café Makerspace
  • Exhibition hall of vendors and program booths

Dr. Therese Willkomm appeared on the Assistive Technology Update Podcast hosted by the INDATA project. She spoke about the AT Makers Fair. Listen to the podcast or download the podcast.


More than 200 assistive technology makers including individuals with disabilities, family members, caregivers, educators, administrators, therapists, and program directors


The AT Makers For All Planning Committee Includes Representatives From:


Adaptive Design Association, Inc.

AT 3 Center


Neil Squire Society's Makers Making Change






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Grappone Conference CenterEvent Location

Grappone Conference Center
70 Constitution Avenue, Concord, NH 03301

Overnight Accommodations

A limited number of rooms have been reserved at the The Courtyard by Marriott, which is adjacent to the Grappone Conference Center, for $169 per night.  Make your reservation today by calling 603-225-0303. Use the code INDC.

Airport Information

Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT)

  • Hotel direction: 25 miles S
  • This hotel does not provide shuttle service.
  • Courtesy Phone Available
  • Alternate transportation: Grace Limousine; fee: 50 USD (one way) ;reservation required
  • Estimated taxi fare: 50 USD (one way)
  • Driving directions from Manchester Airport: Take I-293 North to I-93 North. Take exit 15 West (N. Main St.) Take first right at flashing lights onto Commercial Street. Follow 1/4 mile to Constitution Ave.

Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)

  • Hotel direction: 70 miles N
  • This hotel does not provide shuttle service.
  • Alternate transportation: Tom The Chauffeur; fee: 120 USD (one way); reservation required
  • Estimated taxi fare: 120 USD (one way)
  • Bus service, fee: 26 USD (one way)
  • Driving directions: Take I 93 North into New Hampshire, Exit 15 W Take first right- Commercial Street. Hotel is 1/4 mile on the right

Keynote Presentation

The conference will kick off with two AT Talks by Therese Willkomm and Bill Binko, inspiring AT maker movement leaders.

Therese Willkomm is known nationally & internationally as “The MacGyver of Assistive Technology" and is the author of 22 publications including Assistive Technology Solutions in Minutes II: Ordinary Items, Extraordinary Solutions. She is currently the Director of the New Hampshire Statewide Assistive Technology Program (ATinNH) with the Institute on Disability and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy. She has been engaged in providing/managing assistive technology services for over 30 years in the areas of home, school, and worksite modifications for persons with disabilities.

Bill BinkoBill Binko is founder of, a non-profit organization focused on introducing Makers and Assistive Technology users and give these two communities the tools they need to collaborate. Bill is also the co-founder of, an online tool for teachers and specialists working with the special needs community. Prior to joining the AT and SPED communities, he spent over 20 years working as an engineer for Fortune 500 companies as a consultant for Perot Systems, Dell, and Tribridge. This combination has left him with a unique perspective of both the Maker and AT worlds and the incredible opportunities to collaborate.

Schedule at a Glance

8:00 am Registration / Exhibitors
8:30 am Welcome & Keynote
9:15 am Break / Exhibitors / Make AT Café
9:45 am Session 1
10:30 am Break / Exhibitors / Make AT Café
11:00 am Session 2
11:45 am Lunch
12:45 pm Session 3
1:30 pm Break / Exhibitors / Make AT Café
2:00 pm Session 4
2:45 pm Break / Exhibitors / Make AT Café
3:15 pm Session 5
4:00 pm AT Invention Contest Awards

Make AT Café

AT Makers at WorkCome to the Make AT Café and learn to quickly create your own multi-use AT solutions!

  • Create and take home, 10+ AT devices, valued at $500+, if purchased commercially.
  • Acquire new skills in using various tools and materials.
  • Network and learn with AT makers throughout North America.

AT Invention Contest

AT Invention Contest BrochureMakers Making Dreams Come True

Attention all makers, inventors, tinkerers, and creators of contraptions, gizmos, and gadgets, come share your ideas to help individuals with disabilities overcome everyday challenges.

Tinkerers and makers are changing the world and making dreams come true every day for individuals with disabilities. Come exhibit your invention at the Assistive Technology Invention Contest during the AT Makers' Fair and compete to be the 2018 Maker of the Year. Fair attendees will vote for their favorite inventions and the top three makers will be awarded prizes. All levels of experience are welcome!

Download the Invention Contest Flyer.

Session List

Maker Movement Programs

  • Connecting to Makers and Quality Open AT projects
    Chad Leaman
  • Creating STEM-Based Accessible Educational Materials Using 3D Printing
    Kelsey Hall, Bryan Monesson-Olson, and Dennis Spencer
  • Just Do It! - In Your Community – Ordinary People Design and Build Extraordinary Assistive Tools for Children with Disabilities
    Suzanne Millbourne
  • Make&Take: A Professional Learning Collaboration
    Rhianon Gutierrez, Jennifer McKee-Heinstein, Mary Marcella, Laura Henry, and Aubrey Rubin
  • Pi for Everybody: An AT+Edu Partnership
    Mike Marotta
  • Local Engineering: Tapping into STEM/Robotics Clubs for AT Solutions
    Bill Binko

Methods, Materials, Tools and Resources for Making

  • Cardboard Magic! - Adaptive Design Greater Philadelphia
    Russ Goldstein and Kim Singleton
  • Plastics: Explore 10 Plastic Materials for Making Solutions in Minutes
    Therese Willkomm
  • 30 AT Solutions You Can Make with VELCRO ® Brand Fasteners
    Therese Willkomm
  • Cut, Connect, Heat and Bend – Develop Skills in Using 10 Fabrication Tools for Making AT in Minutes
    Sam Lewis
  • Tapes: Explore 15 Specialty Tapes for Making AT in Minutes
    Sam Lewis

Making for Vision, Hearing and Cognitive Impairments

  • Making AT for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
    Joan Marcoux
  • Create Accessible Books Through Junk Drawer Hacks & More
    Jen Stylianos
  • Creating Books and More with Book Creator
    Chris Knippenberg
  • Making Devices for Blind and Low Vision
    John Mulé
  • Making AT for Individuals Who Experience Cognitive Challenges
    Diana Petschauer & Laura Davies

Making for Orthopedic Impairments

  • Making Low Cost AAC Access Solutions
    Patty Thomas
  • Making Switch Adapting Toys
    Janelle Bauerle and Bill Bauerle
  • Making Hand-free AT Solutions
    Caitlyn Fulton
  • Making AT - High Tech to Low Tech
    Devin Hamilton and Mo Aburmeileh

Bringing Maker Ideas to the Market Place

  • AT Maker to Patenting Inventions: A Personal Journey
    David Morgan / Future In Sight
  • From AT Maker to AT Manufacture - Steps to Commercialization of your Invention
    Center for Translation of Rehabilitation Engineering Advances and Technology (TREAT)
  • Entrepreneurial Resources for AT Makers
    UNH Innovation

Thank You To Our Sponsors!

Silver Sponsor

Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA)

Sponsorship Opportunities

The AT Makers’ Fair will inspire individuals to become creative problem solvers by empowering them with the methods, materials, and resources needed to efficiently create every day solutions. The conference and expo supports just in time technology device delivery through rapid fabrication and device deployment techniques, inspiring all generations to develop innovative skills and enhance emerging technologies.

Demonstrate your commitment to assistive technology innovation with an AT Makers’ Fair Sponsorship. You can download a copy of the prospectus and register to become a sponsor.

Benefits Diamond
Advertisement in program guide 1 page 1/2 page 1/4 page 1/8 page
Opportunity to show promotional video X      
Special recognition from the podium X      
Special recognition in breakout room X X    
Recognition on event website logo + hyperlink logo + hyperlink logo name
Mention in national AT3 digital communications logo logo name name
Complimentary registrations 5 4 3 2
Complimentary exhibitor table(s) 4 3 2 1
Logo included on event signage X X X X
Social media mentions X X X X

Become a sponsor

Special Recognition Opportunities

Support the AT Makers’ Fair through exclusive sponsorship options. In addition to the specific benefits noted below, all of the special recognition opportunities include the following:

  • Half-page advertisement in the program guide
  • Three complimentary registrations
  • Two exhibitor tables
  • Logo included on event signage
  • Social media mentions
  • Recognition on event website

Coffee/Refreshment - $2,000

  • Exclusive branding of coffee/refreshment space
  • Exclusive naming opportunity: Your Business Name Coffee/Refreshment Station printed on all event materials

Lunch - $3,500

  • Exclusive branding of lunch space
  • Exclusive naming opportunity: Your Business Name Lunch printed on all materials
  • Opportunity for product placement within lunch area

Make AT Café - $4,000

Participants will learn to build amazing assistive technology solutions in minutes using various plastics, adhesives, and fasteners at an assortment of maker stations in the Make AT Café. The Café will be a place where people can eat, drink, create, socialize, network, and learn from one another.

  • Exclusive branding of Make AT Café space
  • Company logo on Café wall
  • Exclusive naming opportunity: Your Business Name Make AT Café printed on all materials

AT Invention Contest - $5,000

This contest will allow makers of innovative assistive technology, that have the potential for commercialization, to display their innovation to our national audience. This event will be exhibited all day in the main hallway. Attendees will vote on the best adaptive contraption and inventors will receive special recognition and awards at the end of the day.

  • Exclusive naming opportunity: Your Business Name AT Invention Contest printed on all event materials and posted within the space
  • Exclusive branding of the AT Invention Contest space
  • Opportunity for product placement within the AT Invention Contest space
  • Special recognition during AT Invention Contest Awards

Become a sponsor

Other Opportunities

Exhibitor Table

Benefits of exhibiting:

  • Cost: $400
  • 6’ by 30” draped and skirted table
  • Complimentary registrations for two exhibitor representatives
  • Dedicated time for participants to visit exhibitor tables
  • Company listing in program guide, including logo, company description and contact

Program Advertisements

Program advertisements are full color and printed on 8.5” x 11” paper.

  • Full page: $750
  • Half page: $500
  • Quarter page: $250

In Kind Opportunities

Are you interested in making an in-kind donation or getting involved through a blend of in-kind and monetary support? We would love to talk to you! Please contact Stacy Driscoll (

Become a sponsor

Thank You To Our Partners!

We are pleased to have a variety of collaborative companions who are excited about being a part of the Assistive Technology Makers’ Fair.  Our companions support our mission to bring together makers’ of all abilities to create just-in-time devices and technologies.



Perkins School for the Blind


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Date & Time

Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 8:00am to 4:30pm

Registration Fee

  • $199
  • Includes access to the conference, fabrication of 5 multi-use devices, lunch, refreshments, and CEU’s.
  • State and National CEUs available.


Grappone Conference Center
70 Constitution Avenue
Concord, NH

Event Contact

Stacy Driscoll