At the Charles Lea Center, we've found that by incorporating technology into all of our programs, it greatly improves the quality of life of the men and women who receive services. Each program has implemented what works best for them and the individuals who receive services. Depending on the person’s skill level, and desire, customized supports are designed.
Just as technology is evolving, so we are we. There’s nothing that makes us smile more than seeing someone’s confidence soar as they can now live in an apartment by themselves. Or the satisfaction someone gains who can now adjust the temperature in his house, by himself, and turn his own TV channel.
Each of our programs embraces technology differently, here’s how:
Homes & Apartments
Living independently is different for everyone thus we have implemented a wide range of supports in all of our homes and apartments. These include (but are not limited to) the following:
Cameras – Only found in common areas; these are used only in emergency situations.
Medication Dispensers – These locked devices can only be opened at set times and only a specific amount of medication can be obtained.
Sensors – We utilize a wide-range of sensors that set-off alerts for staff. These include (but are not limited to), panic sensors, which can be worn around someone’s neck; motion sensors, which set-off an alert if someone leaves their bed for a extended period of time and door/window sensors, which set-off an alert if left open and also to alert staff of comings/goings.
iPods/iPads – The uses for these are as varied as the individual and can be set-up for voice or touch. Some of the uses include (but are not limited) helping individuals open/close doors remotely, setting their own house temperature and turning on/off TVs and selecting their own channels.
Focus of Day Program
Individuals in our Focus of Day Program have access to a computer lab, conveniently located in their program area. The software has been apdated to needs of our individuals as have the computers.
In addition, individuals use iPods and iPads to learn new skills and much like many of us, to browse the web, watch videos and listen to music. We love to see the playlists our men and women make!
WorkAbility has incorporated iPads so individuals can work more indepedently. Tasks and job instructions are downloaded onto the iPad and individuals can then use it to reference their work. The use of iPads gives the person a greater sense of independance, of working alone.
In addition, WorkAbility has a computer lab. Here, according to the person's skills, they can practice (or learn) to type and use a computer.
The men and women in our Customized Career Network program use computer and laptops to learn new skills. Often they use these devices to research jobs and apply for jobs in the community.