How the HP Sprout Helps Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

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A new CAST Case Study describes how Pioneer Center for Human Services in McHenry, IL, is using the Sprout all-in-one computer system from CAST Supporter HP to empower adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

CAST worked with HP to make the Sprout platform available to LeadingAge HackFest participants at the 2015 LeadingAge Annual Meeting in Boston.   

Pioneer Center for Human Services offers 3 types of services to approximately 4,800 clients annually: programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, behavioral health services, and homeless services, including community-based group homes. 

“Pioneer Center’s mission has always been to empower individuals to achieve their full potential, and today, learning to use technology goes hand-in-hand with that,” says President and Chief Executive Officer Jackie Wells.

A new CAST Case Study describes how Pioneer Center for Human Services in McHenry, IL, is using the Sprout all-in-one computer system from CAST Supporter HP to empower adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Using Sprout to Achieve Personal Goals 

The HP Sprout computer system is helping Pioneer Center clients set and achieve personal goals, whether they’re focused on the simple activities of daily living, having a career, or playing a more active role in the community.  

Pioneer Center initially received a grant to fund the purchase of 18 HP Sprout all-in-one computers for use by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Sprout computers are proving so useful that Pioneer Center hopes to obtain additional funding so it can expand their use in other programs and in the organization’s group homes. 

Sprout’s computing platform incorporates an Intel RealSense 3D camera and projection engine, a 20-inch diagonal HP Touch Mat that allows individuals struggling with fine motor skills to use the computer without a keyboard and mouse, and a built-in Sprout Workspace creative suite that provides an alternate hands-on approach to computing.

The HP Sprout has helped the Pioneer Center effectively integrate a computer into the life skills training and vocational programs that it offers to clients. The system helps users with special needs in a variety of ways:

  • Clients can work in a natural position with their heads down.
  • Client who are on the Autism spectrum can use built-in apps that help them explore new ways to communicate. 
  • Users who have difficulty with a keyboard and mouse find it easier to use HP Touch Mat as a touchscreen to manipulate the desktop. The tactile experience of working with the HP Touch Mat is helping clients achieve new things with the computer, according to the case study.
  • The HP Sprout helps users develop better eye-hand coordination skills. 

Read the complete case study to find out about challenges and pitfalls to avoid in deploying similar technology, lessons that the Pioneer Center learned while implementing this technology, and advice that Pioneer Center would like to share with others.