1) SENIOR-FRIENDLY TECHNOLOGY
Technology, Access and Support for Seniors (TASS) started in May 2020 and was developed as an antidote to COVID-19, to keep seniors engaged, informed, active socially, and physically and emotionally healthy during the lockdown. As such, it represented an innovative approach to senior program delivery during COVID-19. TASS offers senior-friendly, fully integrated, data/internet access, remote login to debug, and multilingual technical support to seniors and seniors serving organizations across the province.
Between May 2020 and June 2022, 750+ tablets with internet data and technical support helpline were provided to seniors free of cost through partners across Ontario. TASS Helpline centre has handled more than twenty thousand (20,000+) calls/remote login interactions with seniors across Ontario during May 2020-June 2022. More than 30 organizations are partnering with Human ENdeavour in various capacities through the collective impact TASS project.
TASS project has helped more than 850 seniors directly with tablets and services, and more than 4,000 indirectly through the training-the-trainers model, and helped in building the technical capacity of 185 organizations.
2) ACCESSIBLE TECHNOLOGY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
Human Endeavour has also developed accessible tablets for seniors who are blind and/or deaf to reduce their isolation and keep them socially connected. Here are short videos of two clients with vision loss using accessible tablets designed by TASS: Ray's video and Catherine's video
3) ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA (PLWD)
Human Endeavour has developed and launched an assistive technology solution for seniors with Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Parkinson's, Multiple Sclerosis, and other conditions. Flyer Link
York University researchers recently completed TASS’s impact evaluation. The final detailed report is available at the York University research report link
Additionally, two infographics were developed to demonstrate the project's impact on Seniors' Digital Literacy infographics link
and social connections, emotional and physical health Infographic link
PROVINCIAL TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY COMMITTEE (PTAC)
Human Endeavour is also leading the Provincial Technology Advisory Table to collaborate, propose and develop technology for seniors and senior serving organizations.
PTAC MEMBERS: The Bob Rumball Canadian Centre of Excellence for the Deaf, Club Action 50+ East Ferris, Community and Home Assistance to Seniors, Human Endeavour, Older Adults Centres' Association of Ontario, Canadian Hearing Services, The District Municipality of Muskoka, York University, North Bay Golden Age Club, Region of Durham, The Regional Municipality of York, Wallaceburg Adult Activity Club, Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), Vision Loss Rehabilitation, Ontario, First Peoples' Centre and Indigenous Engagement-The Village Collective Impact Project-Canadore College, Alzheimer Society Ontario
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