Since this is National Direct Support Professional Week, we thought it would be a good idea to use this Tech Tuesday give a shout out to Imagine!’s very own Brodie Schulze, who will be participating in an American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) webinar this Thursday entitled “DSPs Unplugged.” A moderated panel of direct support professionals, including Brodie (the 2017 Colorado DSP of the Year), will share their reflections, lessons learned, and ideas for providing critical support for people who rely on our services. The webinar platform technology makes it possible for DSPs from different parts of the country to share their insights in a single online setting.
We are happy to report that the good folks at Imagine!’s Charles Family SmartHome have completed the initial install and setup of their first permanent SmartSupports tech station. The tech station will be used to support individuals with technology based Individualized Support Services Plans and communication device needs. The lab includes a permanent station for Dynovox storage and charging, iPad utilization and skill development, as well as syncing with the SmartHome TV to display and let individuals interact with their house calendars. The SmartHome team have also allocated space for simple switch usage using their PowerLink device and a number of cause and effect tools created by University of Colorado Engineering students over the years.
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