To enhance the lives and status of people living with an intellectual disability, support families, and advance their human rights and inclusion in the community.
An inclusive Winnipeg where people with intellectual disabilities and their families are valued equally and able to participate fully in all aspects of society.
What is the Remote Job Coach Project?
The Canadian Association for Supported Employment partnered with Inclusion Winnipeg to support individuals in the workplace. Through the use of technology we have been able to increase the independence of neurodiverse individuals. Using an app that assists the individual through their day, they receive reminder in a variety of ways. The app can send text to speech reminders even when the phone is in a person's pocket.
In February of 2020 the project started out with one year of funding from . In that year, we were able to assist 24 individuals using the app in the workplace and in schools. We were partnered with three employment agencies that teamed job coaches with individuals. Seeing the need, we also went into the education system and worked with students that were in co-op work. There was also an employee at IKEA that used the app. We offered 2 apps that work well in the employment space - and . Individuals are free to choose the support that they want.
Partnering with the Canadian Association of Supported Employment in the spring of 2022, we were able to continue the project on a national level. We now support individuals across Canada.
With an easy use web interface managing tasks is a breeze. You can add a simple task, checklists, or flipbooks that break complex tasks down to individual steps, detailed instructions, choices, and many more options so the app is tailored to the individual. When it is used in the daily life of an individual they can add supports to help manage the page and input tasks for them. The individual can add tasks as well through the app. An employer can be added as a support and the web interface allows the employer to see how the individual is going about their day. Green check marks will show up on a completed task showing the progress of the day.
The app can structure the individuals routine. This is very beneficial at work and at home. Setting up routines for an individual can help prompt them to the next complex task, and can break those steps down as necessary into easy, single-step tasks.
Using qr code has become standard and with this app we can print out qr codes for tasks that aren't necessarily routine. This individual scans the qr code with the app and it comes up with the steps for the task scanned.
I prefer this app for reminders because it helps me not with just with words but also with pictures. Again I am a visual learner so words are complete jibberish to me so when I see it with the picture, … I know what I need to do, I know what I need to get.
Employee at IKEA
The changes in my daughter since we’ve worked with this app – she’s a different person. She is able to be more responsible and take care of herself more, she’s advocating for herself so much more. I work in the education system. We need to get this into high schools so that kids can be working with it then. Because it makes them completely independent.
'Kiana has worked for IKEA for 6 years now and we have tried various different techniques, such as paper checklists or on the job coaching to support Kiana, but we just couldn’t figure out the best way to work and continued to research what support systems are out there for us... We will continue to evolve the information that is in the app, things can be added or removed as we need and what’s really cool is, Kiana now manages the tasks and reminders herself and all of her supports are just that, supports. Kiana drives this!”.
Manager at IKEA
"Within the app, we were able to document Leah’s specific work tasks and provide her with step-by-step instructions that she herself wrote. Once these work tasks were created, her employer was able to login to the same account and easily put together Leah’s work day while inputting her other staff's schedules."
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About Aron Jenkins
I have had a love of technology since I got my first computer in the early 2000's and took it apart. I have continued to learn and work with the open source community in testing apps and contributing with feedback and helping others learn how to use open source software.
My passion has always been to help others. I am in continuing education at the University of Manitoba, taking my last course for Applied Counseling and Therapy.
I started my career in the construction world in 2002 where I worked all over Canada. While it was a good job it was never a passion. When the opportunity came up with Inclusion Winnipeg to combine my love of helping people with my love of technology it was a dream come true.
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