CreateAbility offers a suite of Apps that cover a variety of needs for people with intellectual disabilities and behavioral / mental health issues. This suite covers: emotional surveillance and emotional regulation, goal tracking and accomplishment, task prompting and reminders, employment discovery and exploration, and communication with staff or other individuals.
Here is how they work through the lifecycle of the people you serve:
Many agencies include person-centered planning within the career planning and exploration process. Flourish is an app based on positive psychology to reinvigorate and provide a foundation for the person-centered planning process.
For direct support professionals, Flourish serves as a tool to establish and manage a succinct set of goals for the people they serve to work towards. In addition to helping clients reap the intrinsic value of accomplishing goals, the technology also hosts functionality that helps agencies and organizations meet reporting and documentation requirements.
Flourish also benefits the individual served by providing an outlet to express their individuality; providing a dashboard for their pictures, interests and goals that they carry like a virtual ID on their phones or devices. This, in turn, helps their care providers understand them on a deeper level and customize their interactions to get the most out of their abilities, avoid crises, and create sustainable relationships.
Flourish Explainer Video: https://youtu.be/UMpkn_1OZ3U
Pre-Employment and Employment
Employment Pathfinder helps job developers, employment specialists, and counselors quickly assess the job seeker’s readiness, job interests, and relative skills. The job seeker uses the Employment Pathfinder App, while staff weigh in using the companion cloud-based dashboard.
This helps create a comprehensive assessment that leads to a detailed report describing any gap areas and the strategies, tactics and tools they might use to bridge them.
Ever since the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law in 2014, staff have used a variety of methods to help fulfill the ‘Gold Standard’ of Competitive Integrated Employment – real jobs, with real wages. Employment Pathfinder pulls these strategies together into one integrated platform. The system is designed around the principles of self-determination and informed choice to help the job seeker play an active role in the career discovery and planning process.
Employment Pathfinder Explainer Video: https://youtu.be/aIK3SBItQFM
Evalu8NOW is a series of web-based, avatar-led assessments and interventions that allow job coaches the ability to monitor important mental health criteria that may influence the employee’s work performance and/or satisfaction with their job. Avatars provide a neutral and non-intrusive surveying environment for the employee that yields honest answers and increases data integrity. In turn, Evalu8NOW allows job coaches the ability to check in with employees at a much higher frequency than before, thus, yielding more transparency into the setbacks and challenges and employee might be experiencing in between scheduled visits. Ultimately, job coaches become privy to real-time data and get the opportunity to ward off crises before it happens and increase the efficacy of their person-centered plan.
Evalu8NOW Explainer video: https://youtu.be/2BCkd9RHXGQ
Typical ADL or On- the- job task prompting
MeMinder, an assistive technology used in both the residential and employment setting, is a dynamic, talking pictures to-do list that both prompts and provides instructions for daily tasks. Ideally developed to fade from human to natural supports, MeMinder affords employees the ability to get the instructions they need in the format best-suited for them: full video modeling (when they need details on how to perform a task), talking pictures format, to audio-only sequences of prompts (as they become familiar with the tasks).
The Task Tracker Dashboard affords job coaches the ability to view completed, time-stamped tasks and monitor both progress and setbacks of one – or many – employees in real-time. In addition, its voice-to-text task analysis allows easy task setup and job coaches can pull pre-created tasks from a library of 200+ tasks, a shared/public repository of tasks, or simply create and record their own, custom tasks.
MeMinder Explainer Video: https://youtu.be/LTC56auYUUg
Frequently, people with IDDs also have challenging behaviors which can disrupt the process of establishing and achieving their goals.
In answer to this challenge, CreateAbility has developed OnTracker; an app that monitors whether the person’s thoughts and actions are aligned with their current goals. By running on popular Apple and Android tablets, OnTracker is a coach they can check in with 24/7 to help them self-regulate after experiencing an emotional triggering event, such as a conflict with a roommate or co-worker, or missing a bus on a rainy day.
After rating their feelings, the app enables them to employ the appropriate ‘skills’ to help them independently cope with their situation. The skillset includes important criteria such as creating a clear picture of a particular situation, putting emotions in perspective, taking positive actions, problem solving, relationship care…and more!
OnTracker Explainer Video: https://youtu.be/dMa5xiByZYg
AvaTalk interactive communication portal
Frequently, the people in the circle of care around the individual served with an IDD prefer to communicate via text messaging, while the individual served prefers other forms of communication. Avatalk may be a solution in these scenarios. A slide show of pictures of favorite people and memories helps keep the person calm. When the team wishes to check in with the individual, they send a text with the question-and-answer choices, and this gets rendered as their favorite avatar, which speaks the question-and-answer choices, and returns the selected answer as text.
How it Works: https://youtu.be/d0-nn8hSfW0