Friday, July 27, 2012

Good News Friday!

Some of the people served by Imagine! are helping to test task prompting systems that may assist individuals with developmental disabilities in gaining and keeping meaningful employment.

Imagine! has teamed with Assistive Technology Partners (AT Partners) to test an innovative project funded by the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research as part of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) Workplace Accommodations Grant. This project is exploring the use of task prompting systems that could aid an individual with a disability in successfully performing assembly line tasks. Task prompting is similar to creating a check list to make sure the proper steps are being performed in the correct order for a given task.

The job that was chosen involves packaging Chocolate First Aid Kits. The first aid kits contain chocolate bars and bottles of chocolate candy. The kits are sold in gift shops throughout the United States.

It makes me proud to be associated with such a forward looking project. In the video below, Michael Melonis from AT Partners and Dr. Alex Mihailidis from the University of Toronto explain the project in further detail.

Can’t see the video? Click here. 

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