The belief that everyone deserves access to their information was a driving force behind an award-winning project for people with intellectual disabilities.
For the past decade, the St John of God (SJOG) Liffey Services team have been working with multimedia to support total communication approaches for people with an intellectual disability. Their resultant ‘Person-centred Plans’ (PCP) has earned them the award for Innovation in Integrated Digital Excellence at the recent HSE Health Service Excellence Awards.
The Liffey Services team spent years researching, testing and piloting systems to support accessible PCPs during this time. The project group’s focus was ensuring they created a transparent and accessible person-centred planning system. They co-designed an accessible PCP platform on iplanit with software developers Aspirico thanks to a QIC eHealth grant.
“Our aim is not only to put the person first in theory but, through the use of multimedia and assistive technology, to ensure that they have access to their plans and records in real-time,” explained Sarah Gavra Boland, Assistive Technology Co-Ordinator, SJOG Liffey Services.
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