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New Grant to Develop Cloud-based Activity Support System to Facilitate Independence for Individuals with Cognitive Disabilities

August 18, 2011

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) has awarded AbleLink Technologies a new Phase I SBIR Grant that will start October 1st. A short summary of this project is provided below:

Project Title: A Cloud-based Activity Support System to Facilitate Independence for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

Project Start Date: 10/1/2011

Principal Investigator: Daniel K. Davies

Funding Agency: National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)

Mobile devices and cloud-computing are emerging technologies which are growing rapidly, driven by communication and web-based services which are in great demand by consumers. These technologies offer tremendous opportunities for increasing independence of individuals with intellectual disabilities through provision of personalized, real-time activity supports in a multitude of settings, including at school, in the workplace, at home, and in the community. While stand-alone prompting systems have proven to have great utility to individuals with intellectual disabilities, widespread adoption has been hampered by a significant barrier. Each of the existing prompting systems must be pre-programmed with the specific set of prompting instructions and copied to a specific device for use by the individual. Thus, a single device will only provide the necessary task support that can be anticipated for a particular individual.

In this project we will develop an Internet-based system for managing and delivering “on demand” activity prompts to individuals with intellectual disabilities. Task supports presented with pictures, audio, and video prompts will be delivered via the cloud on-demand to individuals with cognitive disabilities via a thin-client Prompting App that can run on a iOS/Android based mobile devices, such as the iPhone, iPad and Droid SmartPhones. This will enable step-by-step task prompting to be made available to individuals using a consistent interface in any environment. In this project we will build a prototype App and conduct a pilot study to assess the technical merit and feasibility of this approach for facilitating independence in task performance.

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For more information contact:
Rich Herold
AbleLink Technologies
719.592.0347, Ext. 121
rich@ablelinktech.com

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