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Special needs technology event will connect parents

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A devastating accident left Alice Brouhard’s 5-year-old daughter Kara legally blind and paralyzed on one side. But today, the now-33-year-old lives in her own house, using inexpensive iPad apps with voice prompts to get through the day.

Alice and four other Colorado families who bonded because of their special-needs children want to share the knowledge. The group is hosting the first Families at the Forefront of Technology for Special Needs, a three-day conference set for this weekend in Snowmass.

“We’re pretty isolated,” said Alice, a nurse who lives in Glenwood Springs. “But when you have children with significant needs, the world is pretty small and you keep reconnecting with the same people over and over.”

The conference features speakers like Amanda Boxtel, who will talk about her bionic legs. It will also touch on 3D printing, smart homes and iPad accessibility.

FAMILIES AT THE FOREFRONT OF DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY FOR SPECIAL NEEDS. Oct. 24-26, Capital Peaks Conference Center in Snowmass. Contact Katherine Carol at 720-771-6535. Register at

Tamara Chuang

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