Preventing HIV: Interactive Program for special Ed Youth

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 2R44MH061756-02
Amount: $432,504.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
OREGON CENTER FOR APPLIED SCI
1839 GARDEN AVE, EUGENE, OR, 97403
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 JENNIFER WELLS
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Business Contact
Phone: (541) 342-7227
Email: DARY@ORASINC.COM
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The overall goal of this project is to create an interactive program designed to prevent HIV/AIDS among intellectually disabled (ID) adolescents. The specific focus is on those adolescents with cognitive limitations that fall into the categories of "borderline intellectual functioning" (IQ range generally 71-84), "mild mental retardation" (IQ range generally 50-55 to 70) and "moderate mental retardation" (IQ range generally 35-40 to 50-55). Young people with ID are frequently ill informed about HIV/AIDS and transmission. Despite this lack of information, many adolescents with IDs are sexually active, and likely to engage in high-risk behaviors that could result in the transmission of HIV/AIDS. This project will develop two stand-alone gender-specific CD-ROM HIV/AIDS prevention programs for youth with IDs at the middle school and high school age levels who fall into three categories of intellectual functioning. Within each program, decision-making, and behavioral skills will be taught using an interactive text-free program incorporating graphics, animation, and video components. Direct Instruction (DI) methodology will be employed to facilitate mastery of program content for all program users. The program will be evaluated by 350 individuals with intellectual disabilities in a randomized clinical trial. PROPOSED COMMERCIAL APPLICATION: NOT AVAILABLE

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