Technologies for communities to support people with special needs during the pandemic
MPower Me is helping families and businesses that include people with special needs get back to work and school, even before the pandemic is over. Founded by a local family, MPower Me is dedicated to developing technologies that support people who cannot connect with their communities effectively through mainstream telehealth services, distance or online learning platforms, and telework options due to a special need. A publicly available app called MyGuide™ was originally developed for their son with autism in 2017. Today, it enables over 500 users in Virginia to interact with personalized, multi-media guides that are developed and monitored by members of their support system, whenever and wherever it’s needed. It has become a lifeline for employees and customers who are disproportionately affected by the pandemic because of disability. MPower Me supports organizations and individuals who want to support people with special needs in their community by establishing a TechMentor™ program, Special Ed Task Force, Clinical Working Group, and a Developers Forum. Contact MPower Me directly to learn about how these unique capabilities can benefit your organization and the people you serve.
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