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Development and Evaluation of an Independently Usable Digital Story Telling App with Video Outputs for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

Company: AbleLink Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: ED / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: There are a significant number of people in the U.S. whose literacy deficits significantly limit opportunities for written self-expression, including individuals with intellectual disabilities. While this population can offer revealing insights given their unique perspectives, self-expression often… more

Development and Evaluation of a Cloud-Supported App for Providing Self-Directed, Localized Job Interest Assessment and Analysis

Company: AbleLink Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: ED / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: People with intellectual disability depend a great deal on work for their quality of life. Working in community-based jobs can make substantial differences in income, relationships and self-esteem. Technology has improved opportunities for this population to independently express their career… more

Preserving beta-lactam utility vs pathogens producing any class of beta-lactamase

Company: ABLELINK TECHNOLOGIES, INC. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: HHS / SBIR / 2013 / 1
Abstract: … system will allow individuals with Down syndrome to complete menu planning tasks with significantly less assistance than when using the mainstream system, and will result in menus that are at least as nutritious as those generated whenusing the mainstream system. AbleLink… more

Development and Evaluation of Accessible Voter Education Software for Students and Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

Company: AbleLink Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: ED / SBIR / 2012 / 1
Abstract: This project develops and tests a multimedia software application to provide an independently usable format for improving knowledge of voting and election processes for persons with intellectual disabilities. During Phase I, a prototype is developed and evaluated to determine the feasibility of the… more

Visual Impact Phase II: Using Cloud-based Technology to Support Activities of Daily Living and Other Learning Needs to Facilitate Independence for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

Company: AbleLink Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: ED / SBIR / 2012 / 2
Abstract: This project develops a cloud-based system for managing and delivering “on demand” activity prompts to individuals with intellectual disabilities along with a comprehensive, automated reporting system to enable reliable remote notifications to facilitate monitoring of task compliance. Pictures,… more

HealthCare Manager: Remote Medication and Health Plan Support System-Phase II

Company: AbleLink Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: HHS / SBIR / 2011 / 2
Abstract: …proach uses new technologies to help seniors engage in self-directed personal health care while also employing remote health monitoring tools for caregivers and health professionals. A prototype system was developed in Phase I and tested for usability with 32 seniors by … more

Development and Evaluation of an Independently Usable Interface to Facebook for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities.

Company: AbleLink Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: ED / SBIR / 2011 / 1
Abstract: This project develops and evaluates a software interface into the social media website Facebook that is independently usable by individuals with intellectual disabilities, including those with limited or no literacy skills. The software system provides a multimedia (e.g., voice recording, icons,… more

Schedule Manager: A Remote Schedule Management and Monitoring System to Support Personal Scheduling by Individuals with Intellectual and Cognitive Disabilities

Company: AbleLink Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: ED / SBIR / 2011 / 1
Abstract: This project develops and tests the utility of Schedule Manager, a remote schedule management and monitoring prototype designed to use mobile technology to enable real-time, “on-the-fly” changes to an individual’s schedule from remote locations and to monitor adherence to scheduled activities… more

Visual Impact: A Cloud-Based Activity Support System to Facilitate Independence for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

Company: AbleLink Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: ED / SBIR / 2011 / 1
Abstract: This project develops an Internet-based system for managing and delivering “on demand” activity prompts to individuals with intellectual disabilities. This product users “cloud” (web based) technology to deliver visual and audio prompts to individuals with cognitive disabilities via a… more

HealthCare Manager: A Remote Medication and Personal Health Plan Support System

Company: AbleLink Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: HHS / SBIR / 2010 / 1
Abstract: … module to allow caregivers to 1) remotely update the schedule and multimedia instruction sets used by the senior, and 2) to receive health care regimen adherence feedback. A prototype system will be developed in Phase I and tested with 32 subjects by AbleLink's proj ect… more

LiveWire: A Context-Aware, Location-Based Wireless Activity Support System to Facilitate Independence for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

Company: AbleLink Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: ED / SBIR / 2009 / 1
Abstract: … with the specific set of prompting instructions and copied to a specific device for use by the individual.  Thus, a single device will only provide the necessary task support that can be anticipated for a particular individual. In this project, AbleLink… more

CTAS: A Self-Directed Computer Technology Assessment System for Students and Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

Company: AbleLink Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: ED / SBIR / 2009 / 1
Abstract: … the right technology solutions given their needs and abilities.  There are currently no assessment tools that address the unique computer use and interface needs of individuals with intellectual disabilities. In response to a growing need, AbleLink… more

Development and Evaluation of a Universally Designed Multimedia Approach to Enable Autonomous Composition by Students and Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

Company: AbleLink Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: ED / SBIR / 2008 / 1
Abstract: The project addresses the needs of students and adults with intellectual disabilities forwritten self-expression by designing, developing, and testing a universally designed, multimediacompositioning software application. This application creates a specific format for independent expressionof… more

Ai1: A Cognitive Prosthetic to Support Independence in Executive Functioning for Soldiers with TBI

Company: AbleLink Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2008 / 1
Abstract: Very little research and development has been done to address the unique assistive technology needs of individuals with traumatic brain injuries. In response to the immediate need for executive functioning supports for soldiers with TBI/PTST, an all-in-one (Ai1) system is proposed to provide… more

Development and Evaluation of a Location-Based Multimedia System for Providing Access to Information in Community Settings

Company: AbleLink Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: ED / SBIR / 2008 / 1
Abstract: This project develops a location-based method for improving access to information in thecommunity (i.e.: public places such as parks, zoos, bus station and stops, information kiosks, touristattractions, and other places of public accommodation) that is not solely in text format. This… more

Money Coach: A Money Management System to Facilitate Independent Living for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

Company: AbleLink Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: ED / SBIR / 2008 / 1
Abstract: This project addresses the critical need for money management skills training necessary forindependent community living through the development of a software system (Money Coach). MoneyCoach utilizes both hand-held technology and desktop software to assist individuals with intellectualdisabilities… more

Evaluation of a Universally Designed Multimedia Approach to Promote Independent Instant Messaging Technology for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

Company: AbleLink Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: ED / SBIR / 2008 / 1
Abstract: This project develops and evaluates a multimedia instant messaging (IM) system, VisualMessenger, that is designed to be usable independently by individuals with intellectual and othercognitive disabilities. The prototype software system developed in this project is used in a betweensubjectspilot… more

Pocket Email: Development and Evaluation of an Accessible PDA-Based Email Program to Facilitate Remote Communication for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

Company: AbleLink Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: ED / SBIR / 2008 / 1
Abstract: This project evaluates the technical merit and feasibility of Pocket Email, a PDA-basedaccessible email program which is universally designed to meet the unique needs of individuals withintellectual disabilities for communicating via email with family members and other caregivers while incommunity… more

WayFinder: Cognitive Aid for Independent Transportation

Company: AbleLink Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: HHS / SBIR / 2008 / 2
Abstract: DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): WAYFINDER: A Cognitive Aid for Independent Transportation ABSTRACT Transportation and mobility have long been areas of great dependency for individuals with intellectual disabilities, such as mental retardation. Few ind ividuals with intellectual disabilities… more

An Accessible Testing and Assessment System for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities to Facilitate Inclusion and Access to the General Curriculum

Company: AbleLink Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: ED / SBIR / 2007 / 1
Abstract: Develops and evaluates the Accessible Testing Learning and Assessment System a testing and assessment system which can be used by teachers and evaluators to create independently accessible self paced tests and evaluations for students and adults with intellectual disabilities

Development and Evaluation of Geo Talk A GF Supported Portable Speech Output Device for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

Company: AbleLink Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: ED / SBIR / 2007 / 1
Abstract: This project demonstrates the technical merit and feabisibility of Geo Talk approach for providing indepndent access to speech output functionality for individuals with intellectual disabilities with speech impairments.

Visual Media Literacy System Enabling Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities to Independently Access Electronic Media for Learning and Recreation

Company: AbleLink Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: ED / SBIR / 2007 / 1
Abstract: This project develops and tests the Visual Media Literacy System an accessible software system with a simplifed picture based interface design used for accessing electronic media resources on a standard desktop or portable palmtop computer.

Web Voyager An Accessible Dynamic Desktop for Enhancing Access to Personalized Web Content and Web Based Services for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

Company: AbleLink Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: ED / SBIR / 2007 / 1
Abstract: Investigates the utility of Web Voyagaer as an online dynamically driven information and service management program specifically designed to deliver personalized content from the Internet to individuals with intellectual disabilities thereby fostering self determination and independence.

WayFinder: Cognitive Aid for Independent Transportation

Company: AbleLink Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: HHS / SBIR / 2007 / 1
Abstract: DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): WAYFINDER: A Cognitive Aid for Independent Transportation ABSTRACT Transportation and mobility have long been areas of great dependency for individuals with intellectual disabilities, such as mental retardation. Few ind ividuals with intellectual disabilities… more

Technology Supports for Home Health Care Providers

Company: AbleLink Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: HHS / SBIR / 2006 / 2
Abstract: DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): For family caregivers, the lack of knowledge and understanding of how to handle the disabilities that seniors are now experiencing results in inadequate care. Due to the fragmentation of the current health care system and lack of funding, no one single entity is… more