Avail® by CentralReach platform assists individuals with autism and other cognitive disabilities at home and work.
Denver, CO – June 15, 2022 – A crowd of over 500 engaged service providers, families, and people with disabilities including autism spectrum disorder came together to celebrate the sharing of ideas and new technologies at this year’s Association of People Supporting Employment (APSE) conference.
The annual conference, held June 13-15 in Denver, Colorado, attracted job coaches, vocational rehabilitation professionals, caregivers, and technology companies – including CentralReach, the leading provider of Autism and IDD Care Software. There they enjoyed three days of networking, dynamic content, and inspirational speakers.
One speaker was Samantha Sweet, the customer support and success specialist for avail® by CentralReach. Sweet talked about the critical gaps in peoples’ understanding of assistive technology and how it can be used to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and the benefits of implementing it at home and in the workplace.
“APSE was the perfect event to enlighten attendees about the benefits of digital support tools like avail and we were honored to be a part of this amazing event,” said Sweet, who co-presented the session with Tracy Rushing, a supervisor at the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, and Sharon Roth, the mother of a young woman with an intellectual and developmental disability who was told her daughter would never be able to work without one-to-one support. Roth shared her daughter’s experience working independently with the help of avail and how she has taken on more responsibilities at home.
The avail platform provides remote support for individuals with IDD, like autism, as well as brain injuries, mental health diagnoses, and other cognitive disabilities, to work towards goals related to independent living, pre-employment, job readiness skills, and on-the-job work tasks. Using these person-centered prompts helps these individuals build confidence and accelerate learning by reinforcing one-to-one skills training to live more independent lives.
“The audience at APSE either supports individuals that have disabilities through vocational rehabilitation services and supported employment or supports family members with a disability. Both attendees were eager to learn more about how assistive technology can help an individual work towards independence and reach their goals,” added Sweet.