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What's Your “Why” for Using Technology?
Gerald Bernard, Executive Director, Charles Lea Center
Greg Wellems, Chief Operating Officer, Imagine!
Allen Ray, President/CEO, SimplyHome, LLC
What really matters in a world with "Final Rules", mega data and ever changing "Shiny Objects?" Enabling technology should be less about a person’s needs and more about their abilities, capabilities and potential for success through natural supports. Attendees will hear how four companies are taking a uniquely different approach in creating outcomes by first redefining their corporate missions.
Our panelists will discuss:
- Where to start?
- How are outcomes created?
- It’s not data, certifications or surveys that define results... it’s the teaching, learning, and individual successes.
- How do we enable a life of full choices through an integrated approach using fluid technologies?
- What’s the future role for providers?
- Collaborating toward a future significantly different than today! Who will adapt and survive?
Building a Quality Assurance (QA) Dashboard
Joshua DeZurik, Director of Program Technology, Dungarvin, Inc.
With the increased amount of information created by electronic documentation systems, it is becoming more difficult to manage the mountain of data without renovating quality control systems. Two years ago, Dungarvin started down the road of developing and implementing Quality Assurance (QA) dashboards to leverage the data. Join Josh DeZurik who will discuss:
- An overview of Dungarvin’s QA dashboards
- Lessons learned through the process
- Best practices for developing systems and reporting processes
Moving towards leveraging analytics can be a scary and painful implementation if not carefully planned. Attend this session to hear how you can avoid some of the common pitfalls to ease your agency’s adoption efforts.
Extension for Community Healthcare Outcome (ECHO) for Adults with Disabilities
Lucille Esralew, Trinitas Regional Medical Center
Kathryn Pears, Educator, Dementia Care
ECHO is a virtual conferencing format originating from the University of New Mexico that helps caregivers provide quality care utilizing a Zoom platform. ECHO addresses the problem of insufficient access to specialty care knowledge. ECHO moves knowledge to the right people, at the right time and place.
Since February 2016, Trinitas Regional Medical Center has been offering two 1.5 hour sessions per month during which cases are reviewed with de-identified information and provide a relevant training module. Partners can access the Zoom platform for free via SmartPhones, laptops, tablets and desktops or utilize a phone option.
This session will be conducted as an ECHO session during which participants will:
- Understand how this technology-based format can enhance caregiving competencies;
- Understand how ECHO serves as a workforce multiplier;
- Understand how to master the technology in order to conduct or join an ECHO session
Identifying Tried and True Low-Cost and Commercially-Available Assistive Technology
Connie Melvin, Director of Innovation and Future Works, Black Hills Works
Richard Harrington, Assistive Technology Technician, Black Hills Works
Tammy Murner, Assistive Technology Technician, Black Hills Works
One of the greatest challenges in the field of technology is staying abreast of all of the developments, upgrades, and myriad products that are available to consumers. In this session, we will help you navigate the marketplace by sharing some of our favorite low-cost assistive technology and as well as tips and tricks to keep up with the latest offerings.
During this session, we will share our:
- Favorite low-cost and commercially-available assistive technology used by the people we support
- Lessons learned in navigating the market to find the right product, including pricing and purchasing suggestions
- Favorite resources for staying fresh and keeping up with the latest technology
Let’s do it! Hand’s on Tech - Cross the Digital Divide
Alice Brouhard, Families at the Forefront of Technology
Kara Brouhard, Self-Advocate
Katherine Carol, Families at the Forefront of Technology
How do you support self determination in a person’s life with technology?
This “hands on” session will provide an opportunity to increase understanding of, and improve confidence and competence in the use of apps that aid in self-sufficiency since apps do not come with detailed instructions!! We will teach how to set up and utilize Pictello, Aida Reminder and Reminder apps that can be useful for a variety of individuals in the home, at school, within their community and at work. These apps can assist with memory/scheduling, home safety, socialization and vocationally. We will give an overview of “Day One” an invaluable journaling app for those with memory impairment.
We will demonstrate how to creatively use Siri with select communication apps, and share the cost of and basic requirements necessary to set up a “smart home” and a “smart life” with technology utilizing iPads, iDevices, Amazon Alexa and Google Home, scheduled for release later this year.
Learn concrete solutions to promote independence with the use of mainstream tech options to cross the digital divide with TechAbilties!
MyPathNY.org - Get Started on Your Path to Employment
Kaitlyn Richardson, Employment Programs Coordinator, Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities
The Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities is committed to making competitive, integrated employment possible for all people with disabilities in New York State and oversees the Partnerships in Employment Systems Change project. This project brought together various state agencies serving individuals with IDD and led to the development of the web-based tool MyPathNY.org. MyPathNY.org was designed to address barriers to employment for people with I/DD by offering individualized connections to systems and resources in New York state based on one’s path to employment.
Take part in a user-experience simulation, walking through each session and learning the functions and resources included on the site.
Online Remote Coaching Service & Recommender System to Find and Learn to Use Tech
Abe Rafi, Director of Digital Strategy & Online Services, The Arc of the United States
Find out about two online services that The Arc is developing in partnership with Google: a "recommender system" to match technology to people with cognitive disabilities and an "online coaching service" to train people with cognitive disabilities to use technology. The recommender system is an online tool that makes personalized suggestions for technology products that match the profile of a person with cognitive disabilities. The online coaching service will match people with cognitive disabilities to tech coaches who will coach the client to find, evaluate, and adopt technology products that support their individual goals. Eventually, The Arc aims to open these online services to service providers outside The Arc's network. At this session, we'll describe the two online services and invite input on their design.
Reduce Liability and Costs with an Electronic Medication Administration Record (eMAR)
Geoff Cooper, President, CaraSolva
Scott DeLong, President, Champaign Residential Services, Inc.
Providers are reducing liability, costs, and improving individual health outcomes via point of care systems that include electronic Medication Administration Records (eMAR).
- Provide a summary of risks associated with tracking on paper, and how an electronic system reduces risk exposure;
- Discuss successful techniques for implementing an electronic system for home and community-based service providers;
- Identify examples of how this system coordinates care with case management, pharmacies and clinicians
The presentation will be supported by provider examples, demonstration and real life benefits from use of multiple point of care systems and eMAR.
Technologies for Person-Centered Planning that Meet HCBS Waiver Requirements
David O’Hara, Vice President for Programs, Westchester Institute for Human Development
Andy Minnion, Director, Rix Center, University of East London
Multimedia technologies can make it much easier to meet the new requirements for person-centered planning under the HCBS waiver program by enhancing opportunities for self-direction and choice in the planning process. Easily accessed survey tools are used to obtain feedback of the success of the plan from the individual with I/DD, family members, and/or their circle of support, and can be accomplished using the built-in audio/video capabilities of existing smart devices. The use of these multimedia technologies are illustrated through two specific approaches to engaging individuals with I/DD in shaping their futures, both focusing on individuals with autism spectrum disorder. The first example will show how multimedia technology can be used to facilitate the citizen's jury process of engagement in service planning. The second will describe a partnership with the Autism Self-Advocacy network to develop multimedia technology for supported decision-making.
Technology Solutions for Independence
Sherri Portnoy, Vice President, IDD Administration & Professional Services, NHS Human Services
Rene Burke, Consultant, NHS Human Services
Shaleea Shields, Administrator, NHS Human Services
The cost of care in group homes, aging of people with disabilities, and the increasing imbalance between the needs of the I/DD population and the number of qualified staff available to provide care are trends that have created the need to develop more efficient care models for providers. To tackle these challenges, NHS implemented assistive technology projects that meet several objectives:
- Provides a systematic, replicable approach to introduce technology and ensure buy-in of the person with the disability and support staff
- Implement quality outcome measures
- Plan for sustainability
This presentation will focus on two specific types of technology-based solutions that allow people with disabilities to gain greater independence and connectivity within their worlds and reduce symptoms associated with isolation and loneliness.
Based on the outcomes of both projects, find out about NHS’ “lessons learned”, future plans for expansion, and other partnerships they are exploring as a result of the projects. Learn about their Assistive Technology oversight group and the hierarchy developed for program implementation and success, including continued involvement in the day-to-day applications being utilized to ensure project momentum.