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Innovative Technology Solutions Project

Many Ohioans with developmental disabilities encounter obstacles in daily tasks and activities, as well as accessing education and jobs. Technology can aid people to overcome these barriers and help them live fuller lives.  DODD created the Innovative Technology Solutions project to increase the use of innovative technologies within service delivery and service operations for individuals with developmental disabilities. Innovative technology solutions could expand service delivery, improve business operations, or improve individual’s access to transportation.

2022 Projects

Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled, Inc. (LADD)

In FY2022, LADD worked on two Innovative Tech Solutions project as a part of their Smart Living Model pilot.  The first project concerned a mobile application to allow remote supports to expand beyond the four walls of people's homes; the second focused on developing training for Remote Support Professionals (RSPs). 

For the mobile remote support mobile project, LADD partnered with Cincinnati software development company Cinnova and Xavier University to work on developing an application that can be accessed through a wearable device or smart-watch.  The app has a dual focus concerning health integration and community access, and is now fully developed and functioning in a pilot group for ongoing testing. 

The Smart Living Tech-Enabled Support Professional training project creates a new model of support and training for RSPs.  This new mode includes:

  • Technology First methodology
  • Delivery of service training
  • Training on when and how to intervene
  • Outcome-based delivery training
  • Implementation of device training. 

All the trainings were developed through a cohort of RSPs, DSPs, technology professionals, parents, people being supported, training professionals, and an Occupational Therapist.  

For more information concerning both FY 2022 LADD Innovative Tech Solutions projects, access this webinar conducted by LADD's Chief Innovation Officer Brian Hart here

Rose-Mary

Rose-Mary was established in 1922 and today is a recognized leader in specialized care for children and adults with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities and severe behavioral needs. Rose-Mary’s Innovative Technology Solution project scales the development and use of “Getting to Know” videos as a training tool for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs). The focus of the videos is to allow a person with significant communication challenges to directly show new DSPs how they want to be communicated with and supported. The videos preserve the knowledge of current DSPs for the benefit of people supported by future DSPs.

Rose-Mary’s Innovative Technology Solutions Recorded Webinar

Capabilities

Capabilities is a private provider for individuals with developmental disabilities supporting needs with Community Employment, Community Inclusion, Driving Services, Professional Training, Technology Services, and Transition Services.

As part of their Innovative Tech Project, Capabilities tailored waiver documentation and billing, completed testing and training on SETWorks documentation and billing, and completed testing and training on remote ADS support. Capabilities leadership have reported more efficient and effective documentation which allows more time focused on individuals and providing quality services. They reported they are billing ADS & NMT services in 1/10th of the time.

Capabilities has also implemented some remote ADS supports as well. The main benefit reported with the use of both in-person and remote ADS improved service delivery to the individuals they support. An additional benefit from increased use of technology is that 42 percent of staff reported a reduction in stress.

Capabilities Innovative Technology Solutions Recorded Webinar

OnSeen Marketing, Inc.

OnSeen, headquartered in London Ohio, develops mobile workforce management solutions that help organizations with remote teams manage their people, places and things through a robust mobile-web platform. We support multiple industries with our software, including: LiveCare (home healthcare and specifically the IDD community), LiveClaims (P&C Insurance), LiveGov (local and state government), LiveTrans (transportation). We serve companies across the U.S. but have a particular focus in Ohio for the IDD community. We currently have nearly 300 Ohioians with developmental disabilities benefiting from our LiveCare Solution. 

The Innovative Technology Solutions Grant allowed OnSeen to create added features, enhancements, and customizations to the applications as well as continue to develop additional applications to meet the needs of organizations across the developmental disabilities service system. 

OnSeen’s Innovative Technology Solutions Recorded Webinar

2021 Projects

Heart of Unlimited Boundaries (HUB)

The specific purpose of Heart of Unlimited Boundaries, Inc., is to support individuals with disabilities or critical illnesses and their families, and their service providers by offering

  1. recreational activities;
  2. therapeutic programs, services and activities;
  3. integration activities with the typically functioning population.

The Mission Statement:
To build meaningful relationships between individuals of all abilities and economic backgrounds in an effort to build the  quality of life for all.

HUB's Innovative Technology Solutions Webinar

Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled, Inc. (LADD)

Beginning in 2017, and implementing its strategic plan, LADD embarked on its Forever Home Initiative. Forever Home is an effort to provide a technology-based, training-intensive service model for people with developmental disabilities, one that provides an alternative, technology-based service model that increases independence and reduces the cost of delivering services by integrating readily available home and wearable technology with remote monitoring support to reduce reliance on 24/7 in-person staffing. This project can reduce the cost of providing Medicaid supported services, while simultaneously providing an affordable option for middle-class families unsuccessful in securing waiver services for their loved ones. Through Forever Home LADD is integrating people with developmental disabilities into community based neighborhoods, and doing so in a manner which is scalable and which, because of technology, testing and evaluation, is promoting replication and systemic change.

LADD's Innovative Tech Solutions project is piloting a smart refrigerator for 4 individuals who live in a Forever Home they support.  LADD will be studying the impact on independence the fridge has and if it can help with shopping, menu planning, and cooking.  

LADD's Innovative Technology Solutions Webinar

Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities

Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ mission statement is to provide opportunities that maximize quality of life through collaboration and connection to the community, and their vision statement is to empower people to live their lives. MCBDD serves approximately 1500 families and individuals and has implemented strategies to increase the use of technology resulting in increased independence for those served. Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities mission is to assist and support individuals in developing their abilities through advocacy, inclusion and empowerment. Portage County currently serves 1000 individuals. SafeinHome’s mission is to enable access to independent living for all. SafeinHome currently serves over 300 individuals in OH. The partnership of the two counties allows for diverse geography (rural and urban) where the grant team can assess challenges faced by all stakeholders in the service delivery process.

Mahoning County BDD's Innovative Technology Solutions Webinar

OnSeen Marketing, Inc.

OnSeen, headquartered in London Ohio, develops mobile workforce management solutions that help organizations with remote teams manage their people, places and things through a robust mobile-web platform. We support multiple industries with our software, including: LiveCare (home healthcare and specifically the IDD community), LiveClaims (P&C Insurance), LiveGov (local and state government), LiveTrans (transportation). We serve companies across the U.S. but have a particular focus in Ohio for the IDD community. We currently have nearly 300 Ohioians with developmental disabilities benefiting from our LiveCare Solution. 

Mission/Vision: 
To increase the quality and reliability of Provider administrative, financial and transportation services delivered to Individuals with developmental disabilities using transformative mobile-web technology.

OnSeen Marketing Inc. Innovative Technology Solutions Webinar

Welcome House

Welcome House has embarked on the development of a new day program model, WeThrive, designed to provide adult day services in homes, virtually, in community center spaces, and eventually, when it is safe, in the community.  This model is designed to meet the individualized needs of participants, with weekly programs designed around each person’s outcomes.

The key to this new service delivery model is technology.  Technology will enable individuals with developmental disabilities to be a part of the community without being physically in the community, while also enabling more cost effective service delivery to a larger audience.