Person-Centered Planning ToolKit: Development of an Application to Improve Workforce Participation Through Team Collaboration and Customized Employment Discovery Technology

Person-Centered Planning ToolKit: Development of an Application to Improve Workforce Participation Through Team Collaboration and Customized Employment Discovery Technology

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 90BISA0019
Agency Tracking Number: 90BISA0019
Amount: $99,986.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2019
Solicitation Year: 2018
Solicitation Topic Code: Disabilities
Solicitation Number: HHS-2018-ACL-NIDILRR-BISA-0239
Small Business Information
99 West 10th Ave., Suite 325, Eugene, OR, 97401-3040
DUNS: 001283642
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Thomas Keating
 (541) 912-4329
 tkeating@cognitopia.com
Business Contact
 Thomas Keating
Phone: (541) 912-4329
Email: tkeating@cognitopia.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This project addresses the need for increased opportunities for customized employment for individuals with cognitive disabilities by developing the Person-Centered Planning ToolKit. The Toolkit will enhance implementation of personcentered planning (PCP), often limited by lack of follow-through on action items and a lack of tools to match career preferences to specific customized employment opportunities. The goal of the project is to create two applications for selfdirection of PCP implementation by transition students with significant cognitive disabilities and their PCP or IEP team members. The first is a Team assignments, Collaboration, and Task Tracking tool (TACT) that will enable users to understand action items and due dates, systematically remind participants of commitments, and track completion in ways that clearly identify who is responsible and when items are completed. The second component is a Community Assets Mapping application (CAM) that supports the employment discovery process by crowd-sourcing identification of community businesses, associations, mentors, and professionals who can be resources in exploring career discovery. Results will be detailed on a mapping interface similar to Google Maps and will be interoperable with the TACT. Usability and feasibility will be established through collaboration with two user groups: 30 transition students aged 18-22 from a secondary school district transition program, their teachers, and six PCP facilitators and parents, two of whom will use the ToolKit in actual PCP facilitation.

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