The Biggest Obstacle to Using Technology to Achieve Human Service Outcomes
Human services providers are constantly asked to meet outcomes that both increase the quality of care as well as create independence in their program participants. Given the state of shrinking subsidies and fierce competition for funding, we’ve called for an increase in the technology used on the client side for therapeutic gain rather than strictly managerial efficiencies, provider branding or e-advocacy. This session is a conversation for human service workers who do the hands-on support of vulnerable individuals, individuals who want to use their technology to empower others, families of individuals with disabilities, individuals with disabilities and human service managers. We want to explore what our devices and systems do for the individuals we serve, brainstorm things we haven’t thought of for our clients and celebrate the way these devices change lives for the better. This session also allows attendees to try a number of devices that are actually used to increase client independence that accelerate meeting human service outcomes. We will be exploring micro-controlled adaptive interfaces, a robotic component and some little known out-of-the-box solutions.