Good News Friday!

Jul-19-2019

Next week, on Friday July 26, Imagine! Assisitve Technology Program Supervisor Meagan Little will be presenting at Longmont Startup Week. Meagan’s presentation will be titled “Virtual Reality Worksite Demo for Individuals of All Abilities.”    The goal of this presentation is to demonstrate how Imagine! is working to support individuals to develop job skills through the use of Virtual Reality (VR). Many of the individuals we support have a hard time generalizing skills from one environment to the next and the use of VR allows us to make the environments similar to support with carrying the skills over.    Imagine! is currently working with a company called Reality Garage to work on making this happen. With the company we have worked on creating different aspects within the VR such as collecting data to see where someone needs help, errorless learning system and prompting hierarchy. All of these allow for use to support the individual to increase their job reality skills within the left-hand worksite.    You are encouraged to join Meagan for this look into the future of services!

Next week, on Friday July 26, Imagine! Assisitve Technology Program Supervisor Meagan Little will be presenting at Longmont Startup Week. Meagan’s presentation will be titled “Virtual Reality Worksite Demo for Individuals of All Abilities.”

The goal of this presentation is to demonstrate how Imagine! is working to support individuals to develop job skills through the use of Virtual Reality (VR). Many of the individuals we support have a hard time generalizing skills from one environment to the next and the use of VR allows us to make the environments similar to support with carrying the skills over.

Imagine! is currently working with a company called Reality Garage to work on making this happen. With the company we have worked on creating different aspects within the VR such as collecting data to see where someone needs help, errorless learning system and prompting hierarchy. All of these allow for use to support the individual to increase their job reality skills within the left-hand worksite.

You are encouraged to join Meagan for this look into the future of services!

Wish List Wednesday

Jul-17-2019

Welcome to the latest edition of The Wish List. Included below are items that would augment and enhance Imagine! programs and services for the individuals we serve and would be much appreciated. If you are able to provide an item, please contact Patti Micklin at pmicklin@imaginecolorado.org or 303-926-6443. Pick-up for large items can be provided, and your contribution is tax deductible. If you prefer to provide a cash gift to be used for the purchase of one of the items below, that would also be most welcome. Please check out this blog every Wednesday to see new Wish List Items.


 

This week's Wish List:

Personal Items for Those We Serve (Adults) in Our Residential Homes

Sports gear – especially New York Yankees Sports posters
Music CDs – especially country
Make-up/cosmetics (perfume, light beige foundation, eye shadow, mascara, lipstick)
iPads - heavy duty iPad covers
Rockies tickets for groups
Arts and craft supplies OR gift certificates to Michaels’ or Hobby Lobby
Computer games
Essential Tremor adaptive utensils, clothing, computer aids, writing devices, etc. for individuals with hand tremors (http://essentialtremor.org/treatments/assistive-devices/)
Games/activities made especially for those with Alzheimer’s/dementia
Recreation center passes or punch cards
Restaurant Gift Cards
Movie Tickets
Denver Zoo Passes
Gift Cards to educational stores:

Stationary bike
Wheelchair-Bicycle Tandem: http://www.frankmobility.com/duetfeat.php
SmartLift foldable, packable transport system: https://www.etac.com/products/hoists-and-slings/mobile-hoists/molift-smart-150

Furniture and Housing Needs for Imagine! Residential Homes

Garden Place in Longmont
New area rug 4 x 3
Small book shelves
Several cushioned chairs for the “Book Nook”
Set of four kitchen chairs
New oven
New set of silverware and a new dish set

Manhattan Group Home in Boulder
Non-fabric couch (6’), loveseat (5’), and chairs
Bike Rack
Picnic table
Two small raised garden beds (3 ft tall, 4 ft long, and 3 ft wide) for vegetable gardening

Santa Fe Group Home in Broomfield
2 new office chairs
Stand Mixer
New non-fabric couch 50" or larger
Smart TV
New set of nonstick pots and pans

Bob and Judy Charles SmartHome
Knife set
Canvases & art supplies
Instapot
Snow shovels
Icemelt
Laminator
Color Printer
Mini lockers/storage cubby for staff belongings

All Group Homes
American Furniture Warehouse gift certificates for upgrades to furniture in several homes
Picnic table
Grill

Program Needs

Dayspring

Nuk Brushes
Pop Toobs
Therapressure Brushes
Mr. Juice Bears
Chunky Bare Books (for goodbye books)
Pop up Tunnels
Knobby Balls
Kickballs
Bubble Oodles
Blow up pools

Out & About

One camping lantern for Catalog evening activities
Three fishing poles
Fold-down wheelchair

Technology Tuesday

Jul-16-2019

For almost a decade, Imagine! and the University of Colorado College of Engineering have collaborated to design adaptive technologies to aid increased independence for individuals served by Imagine!. Students work with Imagine! to design assistive technologies that open doors to increased self-reliance. With the fall semester rapidly approaching, Imagine! hosted a meeting to get the semester’s projects started right, discussing new ideas, the best ways to engage students, and more. Attendees included reps from the CU, The Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities, and Assistive Tech Instructors from Imagine!. 

For almost a decade, Imagine! and the University of Colorado College of Engineering have collaborated to design adaptive technologies to aid increased independence for individuals served by Imagine!. Students work with Imagine! to design assistive technologies that open doors to increased self-reliance. With the fall semester rapidly approaching, Imagine! hosted a meeting to get the semester’s projects started right, discussing new ideas, the best ways to engage students, and more. Attendees included reps from the CU, The Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities, and Assistive Tech Instructors from Imagine!. 

Quincy Malecki - Imagine! Excellence In Customer Service Award Recipient

Jul-16-2019

Congratulations are in order for Quincy Malecki, recently honored with the Imagine! Excellence in Customer Service Award.

Quincy Malecki

Quincy has an ability to develop a rapport with any person she meets receiving services at Out & About. She always works to make sure all children have the best support plan, staff are supported, and have all the resources they need to be the best they can. Staff gravitate to her for support and she provides it. She always is looking for how she can help and what needs to be done. She goes above and beyond to make sure there is a personal relationship developed with parents that instills the trust parents need.