In many group homes for adults on the autism spectrum, the caretakers use notice boards to display the daily schedule.
The purpose of the board is to inform the house members what their schedule looks like, in order to give them control of their day. This can also enable better communication and social skills.
Agenda management application for adults on the autism spectrum living in group homes
There is a need to display a lot of information on one board. Each day, the caretakers put up cards that represent the activities of the day in the correct order of the day’s schedule. Many times, house members will change or remove a card, causing confusion and uncertainty for the other house members. The system can become counterproductive - creating feelings of instability and frustration.
An information management system incorporating an interactive digital tablet that presents the schedule of all the occupants of the house and specific details pertaining to each tenant individually.
The system has three different modes:
House occupant can view their information
Page for caretaker to update information
Friends in the house can meet around the tablet and decide certain meals and classes they are interested in, so that they have some influence over their day.
How does it work?
In the tenant’s area of the house, there is a smart TV which the members' agenda is displayed during the day. In the schedule, they can see what activities are happening now and what activities remain.
Everything is clear and known
In the tenant’s area of the house, there is an iPad with the agenda and options for viewing the details of the tasks for each member. Each of the tenants can browse the app and see what his tasks are, who the tenants are in the house, what they are eating today, and more.
Meeting and reviewing the agenda together!
During the group session, the guide projects all the iPad screens on the main TV so that everyone can watch the planning being done together. The guide can allow home members to drag food they are going to eat today to the plate, and guess what activities are going to happen today.
These small decision enables the house member to feel like he has a say in planning his day - enabling control and autonomy in a very simple manner.
The system is managed by the home staff and updated in real time.
For example, if there is a tenant who is not present today- the house staff will update the system and the other house members will be able to see who is present.
In partnership with
Alut and the Iris Village staff who operate a large number of hostels across the country for children and adults with autism.
This product is developed by Hilma
Hilma is an NGO founded by high-tech executives in 2018 to make Israel a global leader in social high-tech (Social-Tech).
Hilma develops technological solutions in the fields of health, education, and welfare. The primary focus is on disadvantaged populations and people with disabilities and instituting technological and social leadership among young populations.
Hilma develops technological solutions for the target populations of nonprofits, hospitals, and government ministries.
This way, we empower both the disadvantaged and the disabled who use technological solutions and the social services providers in Israel.
Hilma has a vibrant development center in Jerusalem that houses 60 young developers
50 of them are women!