Organizations that provide services and supports to individuals with intellectual, developmental or cognitive disabilities must change to survive. Today, long-term care providers are seeing a growing demand for out-of-home placement and more extensive in-home services and supports. Waiting lists for services continue to grow across the country, and service organizations will be lucky if funding resources only stagnate, instead of shrinking.
This webinar is the second in a three-part series of webinars to introduce a strategic process for helping providers incorporate technology into their organizations to strategically succeed in an ever-changing world. Combined, these webinars will cover the five steps an organization should follow: education, prioritization, planning, implementation and maintenance.
Once the planning is complete (Step 2), it is essential that an organization develop a "distributive innovations group" for successful implementation and to establish a systematic process to maintain, evaluate and improve the plan over the long haul for independence of persons served and an enhanced ability to direct and manage organizational resources.
It is also important to ensure that you have the right people working together to create a priority list, process and plan. Finally, you must consider the next steps that you need to take in implementing technologies and in creating a process to improve your organizations' internal competencies, which involves creating, developing and constantly improving a systematic process that will have the greatest impact on current and future operations.
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Greg Wellems directing the SmartHomes initiative for Imagine! Greg has been responsible for the development of many innovative programs designed to better meet the needs of persons with cognitive and developmental disabilities, including community-based medical and senior services and collaborative community partnerships to support individuals with hearing, physical and behavioral challenges.
His current focus is on developing and incorporating technology to improve supports for individuals with cognitive disabilities. This focus has resulted in the development of two SmartHomes, which serve as a model for the future of care for individuals with cognitive disabilities and related conditions.
Sterling Wind is SmartHomes Project Manager at Imagine! He is responsible for the coordination of the SmartHomes initiative, overseeing the design and construction of two model community residences that will incorporate state-of-the-art technologies in order to enhance the current residential options for individuals with disabilities by coordinating assistive and adaptive technology, bio-metric technology, radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, data collection and pattern recognition technology.
Kevin Harding serves as the SmartHomes Information Systems Director. Kevin began his relationship with Imagine! in 1990 when he provided information system support and repair while working for a computer sales and service company in Boulder. In 1995, he returned to the CCB system with the Developmental Disabilities Resources Center in Lakewood as its director of information systems. In 2003, Kevin became Imagine!’s full-time information systems director.
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