Technology

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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It’s the beginning of a new year so I spent a few moments in silence this morning; reflecting and praying for the families and friends of the many people who lost their lives over the past year. Initially, it feels as if the world will be just a bit dimmer without each of them. But...
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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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Rural-Health-Mate was developed under a grant from a division of the USDA that is focused on rural living for the purpose of improving the health and wellbeing of the elderly population in rural America. The technology bore from this project/grant was used to collect data/feedback from elderly in rural settings to bridge the communication gap and...
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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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DSPs and support staff members’ jobs are not just to keep their clients safe and healthy, but to also work with them on establishing goals for themselves and working to achieve them. Often times, people with IDDs also have a dual diagnosis; another behavioral challenge in addition to their intellectual developmental disability. Behavioral challenges can...
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I don’t know about you, but I am tired of hearing the phrase “the new normal”.  Sure, I miss hugging my elderly parents, I miss my weekly “dine-out” night, and I’m a music junkie so the live music scene beckons me.  Yet, I’ve noticed some changes in the world around me that, to be frank,...
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A physician provides his/her diabetic patients with home glucose monitors to measure blood sugar and weigh the efficacy of prescribed meds and diet. Cardiologists issue blood pressure devices to keep tabs on their patients’ heart function between appointments. But what do clinicians utilize to measure the progress, setbacks and successes of the mental health and...
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