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KenCrest, the first organization to utilize avail in America!

We are delighted to announce that we have just deployed the avail program with our first organization in America.

Back in March, we presented to KenCrest, an organization that supports over 11,500 individuals with disabilities in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Connecticut.

It was the first organization we presented to, and within 5 minutes their team loved our vision, impact and solution. It was an incredible feeling to not only have such excitement in the room, but to work with innovating professionals and management team who are passionately pushing boundaries and raising expectations.

Fast forward to July, and we are proud to say that KenCrest are now using and benefiting from our avail software and program. We designed a customized training course and delivered it to a group of 50 coordinators at KenCrest’s headquarters.

The training had two key elements:

  • Skill-based training for staff, to assess how they can increase independence and provide more
    opportunities for the individuals they work with, using a holistic life skills model.
  • Interactive sessions on how to utilize the software and approach with their individuals, from completing tasks analyses, creating tasks and social stories, completing assessments based on goals, generating reports and using our avail library of pre-created task.

Feedback from the group was extremely positive, with the various interactive sessions building confidence and an excellent approach to explore the skills that each individual can achieve using avail.

Here are some of the participant’s views:

 “It has the ability to give individuals independence and control of their lives”

“Very interesting program that l am looking forward to using. Wonderful training and truly refreshing approach”

“Lisa Marie is a great presenter, knowledgeable, friendly and helpful”

Brainstorming session

Within a week of implementation, the organization is already witnessing the impact and benefits of the solution. Where new tasks and behavior strategies have been created and impacting the learner’s quality of life. As the founder, it’s incredible to see the individual profiles and progress, there is no better motivation! We want each and every individual to have the same opportunities in life, like everyone else in society. The dream and long-term aim is to empower and offer avail to as many children and adults as possible. This was a significant step towards that goal, and I’m grateful to everyone who has supported us on our journey to make this happen.

Marian Baldini, CEO of KenCrest shared her excitement around the solution and demonstrates how not only will it increase independence for their clients but highlights the relevance of our data management system in increasing efficiency.

If your organization is interested in exploring avail and how it could benefit the individuals you work with, please feel free to get in touch with us for a demonstration.

Lisa Marie

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avail Autism Support set to launch in America

by Lisa Marie Clinton, Founder of avail

Exciting times ahead at avail HQ! I was fortunate enough to be invited to the beautiful city of Philadelphia for some exploratory meetings with leading service providers in the area of Autism, Down Syndrome and various other disabilities.  We were fortunate enough to be invited by the SmartInvest Ventures team, who had facilitated introductions to a number of US companies.  Not only was it a fantastic opportunity, but it was a great way to learn from some of the global leaders in services that ranged from education  to day services, right through to employment services and independent living. Because at avail we use elements of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) that originated in the US, I believed that they would indeed see the merit in the research and data analysis management tools that is incorporated into our solution.

Preparing to meet a large organisation that serves as many as 12,000 people can certainly be a daunting experience! So many questions ran through my mind – would their needs be the same and would those with disabilities face the same challenges as at home in Ireland?  Did service providers assess and provide support in the same way?  I’m happy to report the answer was YES and with our data and research into interventions and programmes, services could see that avail enhanced and facilitated service delivery and the outcomes they wanted to achieve. Not only was this applicable to organisations but it was also highly relevant on a government level – the Personnel Improvement Center creates support based on the level of an individuals’ ability, and confirmed that our levels of service where adequate for their needs.  

On the whole, feedback was extremely positive. It was great to see avail autism support get the recognition as a cost effective way to help in the transition from full time personnel providing prompts to a gradual fading into a more discrete way of assisting an adult to be successful at work and in life. At the end of our meetings the only question remaining: How do we move forward together?

 

avail on the St Patrick's Day busSo how did avail autism support end up in Philadephia’s annual St Patrick’s Day parade? At a business event, I was introduced to the Irish American Business Chamber Network (IABCN) through Kevin Kent. He invited me to join the IABCN and walk with their group in the parade which takes place the Sunday before March 17th. I jumped at the chance, and was honoured to represent Ireland and of course, avail.  
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avail is different from other platforms that teach visually. We go beyond being simply an app and offer a complete educational platform that continually assesses learning and creates a library of content for the end user. That’s really what sets us apart– we often think of tech as serving the organisation first and the individual secondly, but we have created a learning platform that is tailored to and ultimately controlled by the user and that is definitely a first!  I was honoured to present our story, mission and impact to the disabilities services in Philadelphia, and excited to be creating a lifetime of independence for many more individuals and their families. We are proud to report that avail team are currently working with 2 service providers to complete trials during the summer who will hopefully roll out the avail autism support programme within their organisations.

We will keep you updated on these exciting developments, if you would like to know more or want to talk to a member of our team feel free to contact us HERE.