12:00 PM: Tips from a Techie! | 12:30 PM: Electronic Caregiver
Jun
25
12:00 PM12:00

12:00 PM: Tips from a Techie! | 12:30 PM: Electronic Caregiver

12:00 PM: Tips from a Techie!

Alice Brouhard (Families at the Forefront of Technology) is a self-confessed “appaholic” and techie who likes to find the latest in new and shiny tech to support individuals with differing abilities in achieving independence.

She recently had an “aha moment” and realized that before she could teach individuals the benefits of utilizing high tech tools, she needed to lay the foundation with low tech supports first!

Alice will share some quick and easy low-tech ideas and supports utilized by her daughter, who has significant challenges due to a TBI, to promote self sufficiency in her life!

12:30 PM: Electronic Caregiver

After 10 years of research and innovation, Electronic Caregiver is ranked as one of the top providers in the health and safety monitoring industry. They’ve saved thousands of lives over the past ten years. They are committed to providing modern and unique health & wellness solutions to the active aging, chronically ill and everywhere in between.

They offer tech enabled in-home checkup/exams, real-time evaluations, physicians on-demand, emergency response, vital monitoring, medication and test reminders, and caregiver coordination.

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12:00 - 1:00 PM:  TEC Lab
Jul
9
12:00 PM12:00

12:00 - 1:00 PM: TEC Lab

12:00-1:00p Eastern: TEC Lab

A full hour Tech:Huddle this week when we travel to the TEC Lab in Chicago.

The Technology Enhancing Capabilities (TEC) Lab was established in 2018 to assist people with intellectual disabilities, mobility impairments, mental illness, and the aging to identify and implement assistive technology solutions.

At the TEC Lab, they know that technology can profoundly and positively affect the lives of millions of Americans by increasing independence, restoring dignity, and promoting confidence. However, the apparently endless array of technologies on the market can be intimidating to many people. The knowledgeable and experienced staff at the TEC Lab will show you how to use every day non-tech items to make various form of AT in simple, easy to understand way.

This is a DIY assistive technology experience like no other.

TEC Lab is a division of Trinity Services, Inc

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 12:00 PM: Training Venue  |  12:30 PM: PrimroseIntel
Jun
18
12:00 PM12:00

12:00 PM: Training Venue | 12:30 PM: PrimroseIntel

12:00 PM: Training Venue

Tired of your old training programs? Training Venue provides an online training platform for human services. Dozens of training all focused on the most important aspects of human services.

12:30 PM: PrimroseIntel

PrimroseIntel provides innovative solutions to simplify senior care and disability service provider operations. Founded by senior care industry veterans Camille Roussel and Jason Gottschalk, PrimroseIntel’s initial service is a voice-first customer engagement platform that increases customer satisfaction and dramatically improves staff engagement and efficiency. 

Primrose, the company’s namesake platform, harnesses Amazon’s Alexa to engage residents and guests with seamless, intuitive, and personalized interactions. The platform is a collection of enterprise solutions,

• a mobile application for caregivers to triage assistance requests,
• a management dashboard with key performance indicators,
• and an intuitive voice-first artificial intelligence for resident, guest, and family interaction.

Residents and guests can instantaneously communicate requests to staff, access information about a community’s services and staff, and get up-to-date listings for events and menus. Primrose engages with guests more quickly and accurately than other traditional methods. The immediate feedback provides faster response times and greater peace of mind. This, in turn, increases customer satisfaction.

Primrose’s ability to deliver real-time information ensures staff is informed with the latest requests and empowered to prioritize their workflows. Rather than walking in blind to resident or guest rooms staff arrived prepared and equipped to deal with issues on first contact. The care team shares a common view of requests, which allows them to engage in decision making and triage instead of feeling micromanaged by the systems around them.

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12:00 PM: Online Tech:Fest Experience | 12:30 PM: Medforall
Jun
4
12:00 PM12:00

12:00 PM: Online Tech:Fest Experience | 12:30 PM: Medforall

12:00 PM: Online Tech:Fest Experience

We get it...your day-to-day responsibilities sometimes keep you from exploring all the tech solutions available.

Introducing Disability Cocoon's online & on-demand Tech:Fests. Recorded sessions, demos, vendors, and more, from all of our Tech:Fests around the United States. Multi-event content updated after every Tech:Fest so you can stay ahead of the curve.

We won't tell anyone you found a shortcut to catch up ;)

12:00 PM: Medforall

Medforall uses sensors, voice-activation, video and other technologies in innovative new ways to ease the burden on every part of an individual with a disability's support system — from family members, to personal care providers, and to the county and state agencies that fund these services.

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12:00 PM: Enabling Tech Learning Management System | 12:30 PM: TBD
May
28
12:00 PM12:00

12:00 PM: Enabling Tech Learning Management System | 12:30 PM: TBD

12:00 PM: Enabling Tech Learning Management System (SimplyHome)
SimplyHome's online learning management system (LMS) does so much more than train organizations on new information and skills. They named it Innovate because it introduces new patterns of thinking in a creative and interactive learning process. Innovate's learning modules, stories, videos, and printable resources are practical and applicable for staff, families, community partners, and the individuals who are receiving services.

12:30 PM: TBD

Coming soon

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 12:00 PM: Avail | 12:30 PM: TBD
May
14
12:00 PM12:00

12:00 PM: Avail | 12:30 PM: TBD

12:00 PM: Avail
Avail is a learning platform on a smart device that promotes opportunity and independence in daily living, school, and employment for individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism.

Acting like a virtual assistant, avail provides personalized step-by-step instructions on how to complete tasks through the use of videos, pictures, text and audio prompts. Task analysis, social stories and skill building can be created in minutes, all at an individual’s prompting level. Avail enables the effective implementation of evidence-based principles while reducing 1:1 support and streamlining data collection.

12:30 PM: TBD
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12:00 PM: Synapse Sitters  |  12:30 PM: Livi at Home Medication Dispenser
May
7
12:00 PM12:00

12:00 PM: Synapse Sitters | 12:30 PM: Livi at Home Medication Dispenser


12:00 PM: Synapse Sitters
Synapse Sitters is an online network of specialized sitters that cater to children who are on the autism spectrum and other intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). 

At  SynapseSitters.com they believe all parents should have access to finding childcare. Finding a qualified and patient caregiver can be a difficult and frustrating process, especially when you have a child with special needs. Which is why our sitter candidates must meet certain requirements.

When your child has special needs, a typical sitter just won’t do.

12:30PM: Livi at Home Medication Dispenser
Livi™is a home medication management system designed to help keep patients with complex medication regimens safe in their home, while providing support to caregivers.

Livi simplifies managing multiple medications for patients while giving caregivers much needed support. With thoughtful design and numerous features to help patients take their medications more consistently, Livi is equally attentive to capabilities to help caregivers – whether family, professional, or both - monitor and manage medication dispensing remotely. Independence with Peace of Mind.

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 12:00 PM: CarePool | 12:30 PM: Connect a Voice
Apr
23
12:00 PM12:00

12:00 PM: CarePool | 12:30 PM: Connect a Voice

12:00 PM: CarePool

CarePool is a software platform for specialized transportation and families. We provide a localized marketplace of transportation providers and automate the booking process. 

CarePool allows families to book and manage their benefits for Medicaid and Medicare programs in regards to transportation. Our real-time text notifications bring safety and certainty to the transit process for all family members involved. 


12:30 PM: Connect a Voice

Connect a Voice is a mobile tool that saves IDD care agencies time & money, easily proves compliance, and better manages their agency’s workforce. Some of the features included: time/attendance, service documentation, MAR, EVV, incident reporting, and more.

Their app is simple, which is critical when implementing across a team of DSPs. This might be the most DSP-friendly app in the market.

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(THURSDAY)   12:00 PM: Nucleus Care | 12:30 PM: DSP Magnet
Apr
18
12:00 PM12:00

(THURSDAY) 12:00 PM: Nucleus Care | 12:30 PM: DSP Magnet

12:00p Eastern - Nucleus

NucleusCare is a communication technology that lets care providers and/or family members remotely monitor and communicate with individuals with disabilities.  NucleusCare lets you place video calls in seconds, send messages or reminders, and get alerts if there is unusual activity.  By using NucleusCare, individuals with disabilities can live independently while still retaining the support of professional care staff and family members.

NucleusCare is being used by disability service providers and families to stay connected and give them peace of mind knowing the people they care for are always "connected".

12:30p Eastern - DSP Magnet by Blitz Media Design
Blitz Media Design helps developmental disabilities providers attract and retain great DSPs with communication that motivates!

Their DSP Magnet™ Process helps end the DSP hamster wheel of recruiting, hiring, and retaining Direct Support Professionals, as well as engaging donors and serving more people—all with digital tools and systems that save you time and money.

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12:00 PM: CreateAbility | 12:30 PM: WayAround
Apr
9
12:00 PM12:00

12:00 PM: CreateAbility | 12:30 PM: WayAround

12:00p Eastern - CreateAbility
CreateAbility strives to improve the dignity, security, and quality of life for people who are trying to maintain varying degrees of independence, but who need assistance. Our mission is to create innovative products that help them flourish beyond their current capability. Our interactive health and safety monitoring software solutions help caregivers deliver an affordable blend of care, 24/7 that nurtures independence.

We serve caregivers, agencies, and organizations devoted to helping older adults, people with intellectual disabilities, brain injuries, and behavioral health issues.

12:30p Eastern - WayAround
WayAround is the app for your smart device that provides on-demand details about everyday things. The simple tag-and-scan approach lets you quickly and easily identify things around you. It also provides extra details, like how something works or when it expires.

The result? Doing more of the things you want, with more confidence and more independence.

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12:00 PM: Cognitopia | 12:30 PM: AngelSense GPS
Mar
12
12:00 PM12:00

12:00 PM: Cognitopia | 12:30 PM: AngelSense GPS

12:00p Eastern - Cognitopia
Cognitopia offers an integrated self-determination software platform helping to improve independence with person-centered ePortfolios and IEP self-direction, goal tracking and progress sharing, and a library of task analyzed routine activities using text, images, and video modeling.

Cognitopia’s goal to help increase or maintain self-determination for students and adults with cognitive disabilities such as autism, intellectual disabilities, TBI, or learning disabilities, and for older individuals with cognitive decline due to normal aging, dementia, or stroke, drives the development of their essential assistive technology web-based software.

Our focus is on self-management software that helps people navigate daily life, school, or work as independently as possible while facilitating the efforts of teachers, parents, therapists, and others in support or caregiving roles. 

12:30p Eastern - AngelSense GPS

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12:00 PM: Voiceitt | 12:30 PM: TBD
Mar
5
12:00 PM12:00

12:00 PM: Voiceitt | 12:30 PM: TBD

12:00p Eastern - Voiceitt
Voiceitt is developing the world's first speech recognition technology designed to understand non-standard speech. There is an incredible, and simultaneously unaddressed, need for 21st century solutions that restore communication channels for all individuals. In the US and Europe, a combined 10.4 million people suffer from speech disabilities, and 8% of all children suffer from a consistent or temporary communications disorder. 

Voiceitt is building speech recognition technology (under development) designed to understand non-standard and dysarthric speech. Our core mobile application — already in closed beta testing — is a hands-free voice recognition app that enables face-to-face, real-time communication with friends, family, and strangers. In addition, our technology is designed for integration into smart homes, Assistive and Augmentative Communications devices, and smart speakers (i.e. Alexa, Google Home, etc.). 

You may want to read our article here about Voiceitt.  This is a game changer that has the power to open an unknown number of opportunities for people with disabilities.

12:30p Eastern - MediSked

MediSked is the trusted partner to organizations across the country, providing integrated electronic record systems, care coordination solutions, and business intelligence and reporting tools to improve quality and outcomes in LTSS delivery for state and county oversight, payers, managed care organizations, care coordination entities, and provider agencies. Our solutions are designed with the individual at the heart, to drive a person-centered approach to services and supports while improving lives, driving efficiencies, and generating innovations.

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12:00 PM: SteadyCare | 12:30 PM: Sengistix
Feb
26
12:00 PM12:00

12:00 PM: SteadyCare | 12:30 PM: Sengistix

12:00p Eastern - SteadyCare
SteadyCare verifies and monitors employee presence, location, and awake status during overnight shifts in group homes. We deliver safety through check-ins and alerts to validate your staff arrived at their location. Maintain accountability by knowing when they arrived, if they’re awake & still present. Online portal makes reporting & spotting trends easy.

12:30p Eastern - Sengistix
Sengistix has chosen to be the leader in the delivery and application of health and safety monitoring technologies and programs. They continue to explore new care solutions for the individuals and caregivers they serve.

Sengistix is responding to the transformation of the health and human services system by bringing new automated sensing technology solutions to caregivers that improve safety, enhance the quality of life, and increase options for greater independence for all individuals requiring support.

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12:00 PM: StationMD | 12:30 PM: A Provider's Tech Advantage
Feb
12
12:00 PM12:00

12:00 PM: StationMD | 12:30 PM: A Provider's Tech Advantage

12:00p Eastern - StationMD
StationMD delivers superior care to the most vulnerable populations while also reducing unnecessary hospital use. Our secure video-conferencing system, augmented by sophisticated diagnostic tools, is combined with clinical expertise to evaluate and treat patients in their home environment—whether that is a nursing facility, group home or any residential setting. Our platform allows us to partner with any patient group or facility throughout the United States.

12:30p Eastern - A Provider's Tech Advantage
At the Charles Lea Center, we've found that by incorporating technology into all of our programs, it greatly improves the quality of life of the men and women who receive services. Each program has implemented what works best for them and the individuals who receive services. Depending on the person’s skill level, and desire, customized supports are designed.

Just as technology is evolving, so are we. There’s nothing that makes us smile more than seeing someone’s confidence soar as they can now live in an apartment by themselves. Or the satisfaction someone gains who can now adjust the temperature in his house, by himself, and turn his own TV channel.

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12:00 PM: Therap | 12:30 PM: TAPit
Feb
5
12:00 PM12:00

12:00 PM: Therap | 12:30 PM: TAPit

12:00p Eastern - Therap
Therap’s software suite is relevant to service organizations that provide long-term supports and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Therap is used in over 4000 agencies, in small agencies serving as few as one individual to multi-state providers serving thousands of individuals. Therap modules encompass a wide array of supports for both individuals and staff members and also include billing supports, scheduling, and EVV.

12:30p Eastern - TAPit
NxGenLearning’s mission is to advocate for individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities to connect with universally designed technologies and game-changing training to support them in creating careers of their choice and thriving in the Age of AI/ Machine Intelligence. 

We unlock the genius of a generation of people with disabilities, via the unique ADA-compliant assistive technology: TAP-it® - Touch Accessible Platform - Intended Touch Technology (Visit www.teachsmart.org for details). 

We deliver strengths-focused training and support for each client, to ensure that each individual with disabilities gains unprecedented access to the digital resources they need, via their own computer connected to TAP-it® 

To view an interview with a client using TAP-it® at a Neuro Rehabilitation Treatment Center in Ohio, please visit https://youtu.be/UG4DPfrLXHc


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12:00 PM: SmartMonitor | 12:30 PM: Health Risk Screening Tool
Jan
29
12:00 PM12:00

12:00 PM: SmartMonitor | 12:30 PM: Health Risk Screening Tool

12:00-12:30 Eastern | SmartMonitor
When the SmartWatch Inspyre™ by Smart Monitor detects repetitive shaking motion, it signals the user’s device (iPhone or Android phone) to send text and phone call alerts to whomever the SmartWatch Inspyre™ user designates, such as multiple family members and care providers.

Within seconds, family members receive these alerts which include the date, time, location, and duration of the event. SmartWatch Inspyre™ users can also summon help with the push of a button. 

12:30-1:00 Eastern | Health Risk Screening Tool
The Health Risk Screening Tool (HRST) is a web-based rating instrument developed to detect health destabilization in vulnerable populations. The HRST screens for health risks associated with a wide variety of disabilities, including developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, disabilities associated with aging and other conditions, which specifically affect systems of the body and the person’s ability to engage in functional activities. Part of the instrument examines the health risks associated with psychiatric or behavioral disorders, particularly those that result from medications, self-injurious behavior or restriction of movement.

The most important outcome of the HRST screening is to guide in the provision of health care support and surveillance. The instrument is used to determine the types of further assessment and evaluation required by the person to be safe and healthy in the least restrictive setting.

Once a person is screened, the HRST produces service considerations and training considerations.  Service considerations alert the supporting team as to what health-related services, such as a medical consultation, might be needed to address health risk. Training considerations guide the team on the types of training needed for support staff to be able to recognize and respond to health issues that a person may face.

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12:00 PM: Quillo | 12:30 PM: SmartSteps
Jan
22
12:00 PM12:00

12:00 PM: Quillo | 12:30 PM: SmartSteps

12:00p Eastern - Quillo
An innovative mobile app and communication platform that delivers engaging, inspiring, and educational 60-second content to all of your staff, strengthening your culture, and making you and your team more effective in what you do.

Based on the concepts of well-being, positive psychology, and the most modern management techniques, the Quillo app brings the power of video directly to staff when they need it most. Every video is 60-seconds or less, designed to engage, inspire, and educate. Can you take a minute to invest in yourself? The cumulative effect of a minute or two everyday can make a powerful change in your organizational culture.


12:30p Eastern - SmartSteps
Dr. Cindy Fisher, special education teacher, will talk about an app that she created as a result of working with 18-21 year olds in the community. Smart Steps Mobile is a decision-making app to help school-age and adults figure out what to do in everyday, stressful moments. Examples would be a lost backpack, getting lost, or missing the bus. It allows parents and professionals to provide an extra layer of support and, at the same time, support independence. The free version comes with several sample decision trees. Now you can customize the content for your family, school, or agency through a web portal. The app also includes a list of personalized emergency contacts, a map button, a profile screen, a help button, and a read-aloud feature.

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12:00p: Community Connections Manager | 12:30p: HomeSmart Assistant
Jan
15
12:00 PM12:00

12:00p: Community Connections Manager | 12:30p: HomeSmart Assistant

12:00-12:30 Eastern | Community Connections Manager
Supporting people in their own homes is only half of the equation for anyone living in a community. Sometimes, the really difficult task is in finding opportunities to connect in the community with the things you find interesting, close to home. The Community Connections Manager is software developed by the Fairfield County Board of DD that tracks the interest and needs of the people we serve, as well as thousands of connections in our community. Using a variety of methods we can find common interests and view all of the information on a live map. The result is help in finding friends, social groups, and employers who value people for who they are and the contributions they can make.

12:30-1:00 Eastern | HomeSmart Assistant
The HomeSmart Assistant was developed and is offered by CVI Medical. They have been providing durable medical and mobility equipment to the elderly, disabled and otherwise physically challenged patients for over 20 years. They understand this population and their needs for in-home independence - and the HomeSmart Assistant is their assistive technology answer.

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12:00 PM: MCMobility | 12:30 PM: THS Remote Supports
Jan
8
12:00 PM12:00

12:00 PM: MCMobility | 12:30 PM: THS Remote Supports

12:00p Eastern - MCMobility
M.C. Mobility Systems has been Ohio’s leader in wheelchair vans and mobility products since 1985, when we first planted our roots in Mentor, Ohio. Whether it’s buying a wheelchair van, scooter lift, power chair carrier or a wheelchair lift, or servicing any of the above, M.C. can provide what you need to get there. We also sell and install hand controls for cars and in-home mobility products, such as stair lifts and in-home wheelchair platform lifts.

With locations in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton, M.C. Mobility is here for your mobility needs.

12:30p Eastern - THS Remote Supports
THS is a leader in remote monitoring technology and implementation. THS was one of the first companies in Hamilton County to successfully implement and monitor Individual's through the use of sensors and cameras. We try to utilize a sensor based system as much as possible to avoid having a camera in the home to ensure privacy.

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12:00 PM: Disability Cocoon Update | 12:30 PM: SimplyHome
Dec
18
12:00 PM12:00

12:00 PM: Disability Cocoon Update | 12:30 PM: SimplyHome

12:00p Eastern - Disability Cocoon Update

Disability Cocoon's vision has drastically increased in scope since our inception 6 short months ago. Get a glimpse of the full vision in this short overview session. We would also like input from you on what we are doing right and what we should do differently.

12:30p Eastern - SimplyHome

SimplyHome designs and installs customizable remote support systems that empower independent living for aging and disabled populations. Our smart sensor technology provides support for independent living skills, medication compliance, cooking safety, chronic health conditions, and limited mobility.

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 12:00 PM: Lean on Me App  |  12:30 PM: ONEder
Dec
11
12:00 PM12:00

12:00 PM: Lean on Me App | 12:30 PM: ONEder

12:00p Eastern - Lean on Me App
“Extending Independence Wherever You Go”
LeanOnMe is a software platform that helps support people with cognitive differences. Whether it is a lifelong need, such as with Down Syndrome, or due to a disease such as Alzheimer’s, people need some extra help from their loved ones and community to get by.

LeanOnMe consists of an application for a smart phone (the “app”), which uses the Internet to connect with a web console the parent, guardian, job coach, or other key people. 

12:30p Eastern - ONEder
Where Data = Easy
Making data easy and improving student outcomes through goal-driven instruction. ONEder makes it easy to see how your students are progressing toward their own, unique goals. ONEder saves you time and allows you to share important insights with parents and administrators. With the right data, you’ll know what to do!

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12:00p: Night Owl Remote Supports | 12:30p: My Full Life™
Dec
4
12:00 PM12:00

12:00p: Night Owl Remote Supports | 12:30p: My Full Life™

12:00-12:30 Eastern
Night Owl Support Systems, LLC (NOSS) is a nontraditional way to support people in their own homes. It's a unique program pairing technology in the form of remote monitoring/sensing and in-home support through the creative use of remote professional response staff.

12:30-1:00 Eastern
My Full Life™, an online person-centered learning management system, was developed with an educational approach to learning by the individuals at Center for Independent Futures. The web-based software provides person centered practices on the Planning Process, Skills Inventory and Skills Curriculum. The planning process is a person-centered approach for individual-driven service plans with evidence and outcomes. The online skills inventory is a dynamic ranking system that asses an individual’s strengths and obstacles providing a road map to learning. The skills curriculum is based on our Full Life Model™, including interactive activities, PowerPoints, videos and assessments for independent living skill acquisition.

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Peace of Mind with a Smarter Pillbox
Nov
28
12:00 PM12:00

Peace of Mind with a Smarter Pillbox

We all know how important it is to take medications as prescribed. So why can it be so difficult for us to take our pills day in and day out? 
Because we are human. 
In an already busy day, remembering to take your pills is one of the easiest things to forget. That's why Dose Health was created. They believe that taking medications every day shouldn't get in the way of someone's independence.

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