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Project Title

Project Title

Electronic location reporting for individuals with cognitive disabilities

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Saripalli, Suman

Description

Description

Individuals with autism and other cognitive disabilities 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 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 evaluated a preliminary device in a focus group of parents, teachers, autism risk management professionals, and researchers to gather refined user requirements, usability recommendations, and additional features. In Phase II, a refined set of devices will be built and tested in larger user groups, and finally, in a wide scale pilot test program. A parallel effort is underway to build relationships with and educate patient advocacy groups and user groups about this system as part of the commercialization strategy.

Funder

Funder

National Institutes of Health

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

561963

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2012-2014

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 4SH. Support at least two studies that focus on research on health promotion and prevention of secondary conditions in people with ASD by 2012. Secondary conditions of interest include weight issues and obesity, injury, and co-occurring psychiatric and medical conditions. IACC Recommended Budget: $5,000,000 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

2R44HD066827-02

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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