WorkRight SkillBuilder: A Customized State-of-the-Art Simulation Software System to Support Vocational, Social Skills Training for Students and Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Education
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$500,000.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
H133S060099
Agency Tracking Number:
H133S050074
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
AbleLink Technologies, Inc.
528 Tejon Street, Suite 100, Colorado Springs, CO, 80903
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Steven Stock
(719) 592-0347
steve@ablelinktech.com
Business Contact:
Steven Stock
(719) 592-0347
steve@ablelinktech.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
In Phase I, research demonstated the feasibility of using state-of-the-art computer avatars for providing social skills training for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The results showed a significant improvement in social skills knowledge when engaging in an independently usable mutimedia framework, and training system that utilizes state-of-the-art computer simulation, animation, a multimedia framework, and universal design concepts. The WorkRight SkillBuilder builds upon these results to create, validate, and evaluate a robust series of social skills training modules. In Phase II, additional research and development includes: (1) generating and validating 50-100 social skills training scripts; (2) developing scripts into computer animated vignettes; (3) researching options for pesonalizing scripts to meet the real world needs of individuals with intellectual disabilities; and (4) conducting an extended field evaluation determining the efficacy of the system for improving social skills knowledge and transference of this knowledge into practice.

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