Better lives through Technology
The Connecticut state team has been working specifically on using technology to support individuals with I/DD and their families. There is a pilot project that has helped individuals in an employment setting using an Ipad. This pilot helps people engage with the technology and utilize it to be better employees, and make their work life easier. Further around technology, providers around the state have been asked to have a goal in their strategic plan about helping their consumers use technology, from low tech to high tech options.
LifeCourse Road Shows
CT also continues to implement new ways to help stakeholders understand how the LifeCourse approach differs from the current way we provide services. They have scheduled regional “Road Shows” to promote use of the LifeCourse materials to Case Managers, Resource (Contract) Managers and Quality Monitors. They are in the process of scheduling one day retreats for all of its Individual and Family Support Waiver staff (helpline staff, education and transition advisors, and family support staff) where they will spend time discussing how the LifeCourse materials changes the work they do. They also continue to spread the word about LifeCourse ideas where we can at family forums and family conferences and at our private providers Leadership events.
Rachel is the Media & Design Specialist on the Family to Family team at the UMKC-Institute for Human Development, UCEDD. She completed her Master's in Public Administration with an emphasis in nonprofit management at UMKC. She is proud to say she is a second generation AmeriCorps member! Her passion is where social justice and technology meet. Her specialty is making projects, programs, and organizations look good.