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Project Title

Project Title

Electronic location reporting for individuals with cognitive disabilities

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Sherwood, Tom

Description

Description

Individuals with autism and other cognitive disabilities (such as Alzheimer's) tend to wander or elope from their caregivers routinely. This is a very vexing problem for caregivers, and sometimes results in physical and emotional danger to the wandering individuals. This grant supports the development and evaluation of a wireless electronic location system for reporting the location of individuals with autism and other cognitive disabilities, who may wander or elope. The electronic location reporting system consists of a wearable electronic navigation unit, which reports the position of the individual continuously to the caregiver, both in indoor and outdoor locations. The system can also be integrated with other community and national safety networks (such as Amber Alert), and can be valuable in quickly locating individuals in emergency situations. In Phase I, researchers will evaluate a preliminary device in a focus group of parents, teachers, autism risk management professionals, and researchers. This is aimed at gathering refined user requirements, usability recommendations, and additional features. Phase I will result in a refined hardware/software design. In Phase II, a refined set of devices will be built, and tested in larger user groups, and finally, in a wide scale pilot program. In Phase II, the final manufacture-ready design will be generated.

Funder

Funder

National Institutes of Health

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

100000

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2010-2011

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 5: Where Can I Turn For Services?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 5SD. Support two studies to examine health, safety, and mortality issues for people with ASD by 2012. IACC Recommended Budget: $4,500,000 over 3 years.

Project Link

Project Link

Electronic location reporting for individuals with cognitive disabilities (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Intellispeak, LLC

State/Country

State/Country

Kansas

Project Number

Project Number

1R43HD066827-01

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Federal

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

N/A

 
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