2021 Keynote Speakers

July 7 | General Session

Dr. Molly Follette Story

Dr. Molly Follette Story is a Senior Advisor in Sanofi’s Medical Device Development Unit. She was formerly Senior Director of Sanofi’s Global Usability Engineering and Risk Management group. Before joining Sanofi, Dr. Story was Human Factors and Accessible Medical Technology Specialist at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Office of Device Evaluation, where she had an appointment to the Senior Biomedical Research Service. Dr. Story is an expert in human factors engineering of medical devices, with particular expertise in universal design of products and in the accessibility and usability of medical devices. She is the Co-chair of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation’s Human Factors Engineering Committee. Dr. Story received a BSE from Princeton University, a MS from Stanford University, and a MS and a PhD from the School of Public Health at University of California, Berkeley.

July 8 | General Session

Molly McCully Brown

Molly McCully Brown is an accomplished poet and essayist. Her poems and essays have appeared in Tin House, Crazyhorse, The New York Times, Pleiades, Ninth Letter, Blackbird, and elsewhere. Molly’s most recent books are Places I’ve Taken My Body, and In The Field Between Us, a poetry collection co-authored with Susannah Nevison. She is also the author of the poetry collection, The Virginia State Colony For Epileptics and Feebleminded, which won the 2016 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize and was named a New York Times Critics’ Top Book of 2017. 

Raised in rural Virginia, she is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Stanford University, and the University of Mississippi, where she received her MFA. She lives in Gambier, Ohio and teaches at Kenyon College, where she is the Kenyon Review Fellow in Poetry.

International Panel - Global Perspectives on Data for Assistive Technology Innovation

Moderator, Dr. Emma Smith, OT (Canada/Ireland)


Ms. Silvana Contepomi (Argentina)

Dr. Natasha Layton (Australia)

Dr. Maria Luisa Toro Hernandez (Colombia/Spain)

Prof. Cathy Holloway (United Kingdom)

July 9 | General Session

Peter W. Axelson, MSME, ATP, RET

Peter Axelson is Founder and Director of Research and Development for Beneficial Designs, Inc., a rehabilitation research and design firm located in Minden, NV. Beneficial Designs works towards universal access through research, design and education. A RESNA member since 1988, Peter has been instrumental in the development and growth of  RESNA’s Assistive Technology Standards program and serves as Co-Chair of the Assistive Technology Standards Board.