Emerging Cognitive Support Technologies:

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Emerging Cognitive Support Technologies:

A Key to Promoting Community Participation and Health for
Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Cognitive Support Technologies




Technologies for Individuals with Cognitive Disabilities

Technology Defined



the application

of scientific advances

to benefit humanity






(The Franklin Institute
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http://fi.edu.franklin.glossary.html
)


Technology Paradox

Functionality

Usability

“…the same technology that simplifies life by providing more
functionality … also complicates life by making it hard to learn.

This paradox of technology is often used by people as an excuse for
poor design…”

Donald A. Norman
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The Design of Everyday Things, 1988 (pp. 30
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31)


“…the same technology that simplifies life by providing more functionality …

also complicates life by making it hard to learn.

This paradox of technology is often used by people as an excuse for poor
design…”


Donald A. Norman
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The Design of Everyday Things, 1988 (pp. 30
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31)

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Usability


Technology Paradox


Functionality vs. Usability

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Example: Microwave Ovens

Emerging Technology Platforms


Where to start?

The User Interface is the Key (Software)

Cognitively Accessible

Windows or Macintosh Computing Environment

Desktops are Driven by Personal Interests and Needs

Accessibility Settings Applied to Each User via the Cloud

“She uses the Endeavor Desktop every day to
practice relaxation exercises, and read her
MPR newsfeed. This helps her cope”

Sarah

Hammer Residences
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Sarah’s
Desktop

“Sarah is a woman with severe and persistent mental illness. Her therapist
asked her to pick an activity she loves,

such as listening to MPR or completing
Word Find puzzles.


Her therapist thought this would keep her from ruminating,
but Sarah finds it difficult to initiate these activities. When we got the AbleLink
tablet, Ablelink pre
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personalized Sarah’s with Word Find puzzles, relaxation
videos, and news feeds for MPR.


Sarah loved it, and found it easy to use, and
used it daily.


During our Pilot project, Sarah’s Mom passed away.


Sarah has a
wonderful support system and is grieving her Mom’s death.


But she uses the
Able Link every day to practice relaxation exercises, and read her MPR
newsfeed.


This helps her cope with all her tumultuous feelings, and so far she
has not shown any symptoms of psychosis or worsening mental illness.


It’s
been a wonderful gift for her to manage a difficult and stressful situation without
relapse into crisis.”

Sarah’s Story

“It’s been a wonderful gift for her to manage a difficult and
stressful situation without relapse into crisis. We are very
grateful for this technology and the way it acts to support
Sarah. It has improved her quality of life.”
Hammer DSP

Hammer Residences


Andy’s Email


A resident who has a very hard time expressing himself and verbalizing his
feelings started using audio email through Endeavor, and his social skills have
begun to blossom. He was hesitant at first to give it a try. For several weeks his
mom would send him emails and he would listen to them, but wouldn’t respond.
Eventually staff was able to walk him through the process and he began by
deciding ahead of time with staff’s assistance what he wanted to say in his
email. He would send the email message by repeating after the staff what he
would like to say. Once he got over the hump of sending the first couple of
messages, he began doing them on his own. Slowly, staff stopped sitting with
him and after a couple of weeks he began sending emails completely
independently.


This same resident had not said ‘I love you’ to his mom in years. One day, he
was sending emails in the dining room and staff was around the corner in the
kitchen. The staff person overheard him signing off from his email by saying, “I
love you, mom.” This was a new development for him. Within 24 hours, his mom
called the staff in tears to express just how much that sentiment from him
touched her. She continued to go on about how much his communication skills
had improved over the short time since he had begun emailing with her.”

Andy’s Email Story

Facebook: Powerful Opportunity to Connect

Endeavor Connect: Cognitive Access to Facebook

Imagine! Colorado

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Bob and Judy Charles
SmartHome, Boulder, CO

Charles Family SmartHome,
Longmont, CO

AbleLink’s You Tube Channel


Endeavor Connect: Cognitively Accessible Facebook


WayFinder: An accessible Smart Phone program for providing multimedia prompts to individuals with cognitive
disabilities for navigating public transit systems.

Context Aware Technologies for Community Access

GPS
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based Prompting with Visual Supports and Location Support

Windows Smart Phone Version

Android Version under
development

AbleLink’s You Tube Channel


Example with Chad learning to ride the bus


www.arc
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a.org/Services/smarttravelprogram.php

“The STP
program is wildly
successful. We
trained two
groups of ten
individuals in the
first year of
collaborations
with our
governmental
partners. The
first group
increased their
public rides by
110% and the
second group
increased their
rides by 84%.


Laura
: A
vehicle/pedestrian
accident left Laura too
scared to take the bus
independently. After a
few weeks of pedestrian
safety training and re
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acclimation to
independent travel, she
now takes the bus
to/from work three times
a week.


William
: When he started a Day
Hab program, William
wanted to
learn the bus system rather
than rely on staff or paratransit
.
Thanks to SMART Travel, he
knows how to get to/from work
and is so excited that he
shows
up on his days off.


Smart Living Console (Remote Technology)

Combining
cognitive support technology

along with optional
virtual sensors

to
enable individuals to live as independently as possible. With person
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centered
remote monitoring, remote caregivers can monitor independence and also be
alerted if needed to intercede and provide support.

In collaboration with

Cost savings result from
fostering independence,
thus shifting staff time to
higher quality activities
with more impact on
quality of life.

Thank You


Contact Info: AbleLink Technologies, Inc. Dan Davies


618 N. Nevada Avenue
dan@ablelinktech.com




Colorado Springs, CO 80903 719
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592
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0347 ext 110


www.ablelinktech.com



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