Information Technology

Facilitated by:

Abe Rafi and Steve McDonell

Thank you for your interest in joining a Special Interest Group (SIG).

SIG Description

This group is about all things digital and online. If you support your chapter’s web presence, come here to share knowledge focused on online engagement, user experience, content production, email marketing, mobile apps, web hosting, design and development. If you support your chapters internal IT, then geek out with us on network security, knowledge management, enterprise resource planning, virtualization, cloud computing, etc. We’ll also focus on ways to help people with I/DD integrate emerging technology into their lives, to pursue their goals.

SIG Facilitators

  1. Abe Rafi

    Director, Digital Strategy & Online Services, The Arc, Washington, DC

    Abe Rafi is Director of Digital Strategy and Online Services at the Arc of the United States, and the sibling of an older brother with I/DD. He is charged with enabling The Arc to achieve the digital dimensions of its goals. He has organized and led product development teams to create online communities, mobile applications, websites and business intelligence tools for social change organizations such as Ashoka, Disability Rights International, The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, and for various clients as the founder of a web design firm. Abe is a long-time advocate for the rights of people with disabilities, having reported on human rights abuses in institutions for people with disabilities and trained human rights activists in Serbia, Turkey, and Russia.

  2. Steve McDonell

    Vice President of Information Technology, ACHIEVA, Pittsburgh, PA

    Steve McDonell serves on the Steering Committee of the National Conference of Executives of The Arc (NCE). Steve is a member of the Pittsburgh CIO Group and Pittsburgh CIO Forum Steering Committee and serves on the Advisory Board of Pittsburgh Technical Institute’s Information Technology program. A 2014 finalist for the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s CIO of the Year Awards, he has worked within ACHIEVA and other nonprofits to implement practical and cost-effective technology solutions in response to issues they have faced.