Ohio Becomes Technology First State

Reproduced from Technology First:  http://dodd.ohio.gov/IndividualFamilies/Pages/AssistiveTech.aspx

In May 2018, Gov. John Kasich signed the Technology First Executive Order, making Ohio the first state in the country to place an emphasis on expanding access to technology for people with developmental disabilities.

Under the executive order, the department will work with county boards of developmental disabilities to ensure technology is considered as part of all service and support plans for people with disabilities. The executive order is not a technology-only policy but aims to help people learn more about how to use technology to improve their quality of life and how they can experience more independence and personal freedom.

Technology that can support a person in accomplishing a task or provide care from a distance is known as supportive technology. Supportive technology includes two services, Assistive Technology and Remote Support.

Assistive technology can support someone who wants more independence, like using a device that can turn off a stove when they are not using it, or a cellphone application that provides step-by-step assistance with recipes.

Remote Support is sometimes called remote monitoring. The service offers a person with a developmentaldisability the support of a direct service provider even when the provider is not in their home with them. Remote Support uses two-way communication in real time, just like Skype or FaceTime, so that a person can communicate with their providers when they need them. A person with a developmental disability can choose supports like sensors that can call for help if someone has fallen, or cameras that can help monitor who is coming and going from a person’s home.

Ohio First Technology Announcement.

Pictured above: Ali Rahimi, Medforall; DODD Director John Martin; Patti, technology user; Jason Umstot, Licking County Board superintendent; and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Director Kevin Miller during the Technology First signing.