Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Technology Tuesday

At the 2017 Imagine! CORE/Labor Source Art Show and Performance, held last Friday, August 18, iPads were used so patrons could experience a virtual biography of the artists who had paintings on display.

Here’s an example video of the biography of our good friend Gerald.

Can’t see the video? Click here.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Partial Eclipse of the SmartHome

Residents of the Charles Family SmartHome in Longmont enjoying this morning’s eclipse.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Technology Tuesday

Goally is a local startup developing a "smart clock" to enhance a child with autism’s ability to perform routine activities of daily living independently. Goally is a stress-reducer for busy parents and a way of helping children develop a sense of mastery and control.

They are currently seeking beta testers to test a prototype Goally for two weeks (zero cost) and provide feedback.

Beta volunteers should:
  • Have a child with autism between the ages of 5 and 18 
  • Be willing to provide feedback by phone and via the app during the test period 
Go to www.goally.co/jfk to sign up and learn more.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Technology Tuesday

It may be hard to believe, but it is almost time for school to start! For us at Imagine!, that means another opportunity to collaborate with University of Colorado Engineering students in a class taught by Associate Professor Melinda Piket-May.

For the past eight years, students in these classes have worked on projects to design adaptive technologies to aid increased independence for some of the individuals Imagine! serves. Check out the video below to see some examples of previous assistive tech projects created by CU students. We look forward to sharing more at the end of the semester!

 Can’t see the video? Click here.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Technology Tuesday

Today, we’d like to thank Microsoft for their incredibly generous donation of $661,565.00 in Microsoft software to Imagine! in support of increasing our capacity for enterprise improvements. By not having to purchase these software items, Imagine! is able to deliver more services to the 3,500 individuals with intellectual disabilities in Boulder and Broomfield counties.

Microsoft believes technology can do amazing things. That's why they partner with thousands of organizations like Imagine! around the world to help each one achieve its mission. Through Microsoft Philanthropies, they provide technology tools, training and resources that can help create opportunities and transform communities. We are honored to be part of their global community!

Thank you, Microsoft, for your demonstrated commitment to creating a world of opportunity for all abilities.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Anthony Celebrates One Year Anniversary at Oskar Blues

Anthony, a resident at Imagine!'s Charles Family SmartHome, is proud to celebrate over one year of employment with Oskar Blues Brewery through Imagine!’s CORE/Labor Source department. Since its inception in 1984, CORE/Labor Source’s Supported Employment Program has been providing innovative employment opportunities to people with developmental disabilities. Today, Anthony received his own work shirts and has taken great pride in working for such a caring and supportive company.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Technology Tuesday

Imagine! has launched a new data system for the service records of the people that we serve. The new system is Netsmart’s Evolv.

Evolv is an EHR (electronic health record) system with well-designed functionalities for demographic management, service delivery tracking, and reporting. The switch to Evolv from our previous database was made necessary when the previous database no longer met our needs.

Imagine! is a large and incredibly complex organization, and our records reflect that complexity. We need a system to track the records of the people we serve that is able to navigate data, including the huge number of our funding sources and the huge variety of services we provide, all while protecting the personal health information of the 3,500+ individuals whose information we are storing.

No out of the box software was going to fit the bill, so the Imagine! Evolv team spent the better part of a year reworking the software to meet our needs. Even now that we have gone live, the Imagine! Evolv team is continue to work on fixing little issues that have cropped up. For the most part, however, the switchover has been very smooth, and most importantly, the folks we serve have not seen any disruption in their services.