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Retirement, Leisure and Older Adults with DD

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 2R44AG017003-02
Amount: $0.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2001
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
31672 FOX HOLLOW RD
EUGENE, OR 97405
United States
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 MARTIN SHEEHAN
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Business Contact
Phone: (541) 343-4747
Email: IRISINC@LOOKIRIS.COM
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

DESCRIPTION: The overall goal of the proposed project is to develop, produce,
and test an interactive multimedia training program (IMM) on providing quality
retirement and leisure services to older adults with developmental
disabilities. The IMM program will be designed primarily for use by direct
support staff that work with these older adults in residential and day
programs. Other users who will benefit include parents, advocates, case
managers from the developmental disabilities service network, and community
program staff from the aging service network. The complete program addresses
five training interactive modules in the area of retirement and leisure: 1)
understanding the leisure experience, 2) leisure awareness and appreciation, 3)
community opportunities and resources, 4) assessment and skill development, and
5) choice making and decision making about leisure activities. In Phase I, a
prototype IMM program on CD-ROM (Leisure Works!) covering three sub-topics in
Module 1-understanding the leisure experience-was produced. Its efficacy was
evaluated in a pre-/post-test study involving direct support workers. In Phase
II, the IMM program will be expanded to include the rest of Module 1 and four
additional modules. The Phase II program will be evaluated in a randomized
controlled study (with a sample of 100 direct support staff and 100 residents)
assessing knowledge, skills, and behavioral outcomes.
PROPOSED COMMERCIAL APPLICATION:
There is a growing need for retirement and leisure training strategies for direct care staff in
adult service settings. Given the aging of the developmentally disable population, there is tremendous potential for innovative tools to help administrators effectively and efficiently train staff. This interactive multimedia program will be marketed to vocational/day and residential
programs, county chapters of The Arc, and State/County agencies serving adults with
developmental disabilities.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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