Intellectual Disabilities

CreateAbility has been utilizing avatar led communications for several years now and the data that has emerged from our clients has proven that it can be helpful to both the care provider and the person being served, alike.   Here are a few of the top reasons avatar-led communications are yielding successful results within the IDD population:  It increases data integrity.  When...
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Many researchers have studied positive psychology and what it means for humans to “flourish”. Professor Martin Seligman surveyed thousands of individuals and studied outcomes regarding the facets of positive psychology and what cultivates wellbeing in our lives. From the results, he devised the acronym “PERMAH” to reflect what seemed to be the most important influential...
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The Charles Lea Center, located in Spartansburg, South Carolina, helps people with intellectual disabilities and chronic medical conditions and helps them work to their fullest potential. Their services are based on the principles of person-centered thinking that looks at the strengths of each person and uses those skills to promote greater independence. MeMinder is a...
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Our team at CreateAbility is always examining challenges in the IDD space from the perspective of technology. While we know that technology should never be a total replacement for the meaningful connection that DSPs have with their person served; we understand how technology can help DSPs optimize their time and save agencies money.  Most importantly, technology...
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1.) Assistive Technology affords the person being served the ability to have their plans in front of them at all times.    Antiquated, printed copies of care plans on are not mobile - and are not as easily changed as the person-served accomplishes their goals. Assistive technology grants individuals with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to feel more a part of the planning process as they...
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Hi, I’m Steve Sutter, and I have problems saying no.  (Others: “Hi, Steve…”) What’s worse is that because I can’t say no, I say yes. I say yes, A LOT. It seems that the only people that I say no to are those that I love and care for the most. That’s something I know...
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As you know, Medicaid is the largest funder of disability programs in the United States. So, it’s easy to fear the future when you read the new report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) that discusses the funding landscape for Medicaid programs during the pandemic.   After taking a few deep, cleansing breaths, we want you to know that we...
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The benefits of remote supports have been a true game-changer for employment and residential support organizations/agencies in the Intellectual Developmental Disability (IDD) space. Organizations in the senior care market have also experienced similar benefits from remote supports as it offered a big advancement in the quality of care that they can offer their clients.  In general, remote supports have equipped providers with virtual “eyes” inside of the homes of the people they serve without being intrusive to their lives....
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Avatalk is one of CreateAbility’s most user-friendly apps in both use and implementation. It was designed as a tool to non-intrusively engage the person being served and solicit quick responses to important questions from an avatar-led platform. (To see avatalk in action, click here to view the demo.) Since avatalk’s inception, it is being creatively...
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As many states consider the benefits of technology, it can be a bit scary to those in the technology adoption hot seats. I totally get it – it’s easy to become infatuated with emerging technologies, but can I make a confession? It’s exhausting to track and make sense of every sparkly, new technology even for...
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