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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Education
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$75,000.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
H133S090027
Award Id:
93262
Agency Tracking Number:
H133S090027
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
618 N. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs, CO, 80903
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
841528899
Principal Investigator:
DanielDavies
() -
DAN@ABLELINKTECH.COM
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract

Wireless Internet access is an emerging technology which is growing rapidly, driven by communication and web-based services which are in great demand by American consumers.  These technologies offer tremendous opportunities for increasing the independence of individuals with intellectual disabilities through the provision of personalized, real-time activity supports in a multitude of settings, including at school, in the workplace, at home and the community.  While stand-alone prompting systems have proven to have great utility to individuals with intellectual disabilities, widespread adoption has been hampered by a significant barrier.  Each of the existing prompting systems must be pre-programmed 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 Technologies will develop an internet-based system for managing and delivering “on demand” activity prompts to individuals with intellectual disabilities.  Task supports presented with pictures, audio, and video prompts will be delivered via wireless networking and presented to individuals with cognitive disabilities via a thin-client Task Player application that can run on a wide variety of desktop and mobile devices.  This will enable step-by-step task prompting to be made available to individuals using a consistent interface in any environment that has a wireless internet access point.  In Phase I, the applicant will build a prototype system and conduct a pilot study to assess the technical merit and feasibility of this approach for facilitating independence.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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