Tips & Tricks for MyGuide

Did you know that you can increase the size of the buttons in MyGuide? When playing guides, notice the navigation and control buttons in the corners. If they are too small and you want to make them larger, follow these steps: From the navigation tabs on MyGuide, tap the “Me” tab in the bottom right of the screen. Select the “Settings” gear toward the top. Select “Accessibility,” then tap “Bigger Guide Controls” to turn it Read more…

Partner Spotlight – Lesley Garcia

Meet Lesley Garcia, an occupational therapist using MyGuide in her research with the University of Nottingham. Lesley is researching how technology can launch and support the wellness recovery principles of CHIME (Connectedness, Hope and Optimism, a sense of Identity, a sense of Meaning in Life, and a sense of Empowerment) to help people with dementia and their caregivers manage their lives in their own way and remain participating members of their communities. During her academic Read more…

Six MyGuide Features That Support Employment

Schedule: The MyGuide calendar enables users to: Set alerts for start and end times Schedule breaks Organize and execute multiple tasks Maintain routines Prompting: With MyGuide, users can create multimedia guides to prompt them with either images, text, or video. MyGuide makes it easy to follow directions for learning and completing routines and tasks.  Job Exploration: Businesses can create virtual tours with MyGuide that allow prospective employees to take a tour, ask questions, and provide Read more…

Overview of National Disability Employment Month

This month’s newsletter is dedicated to individuals in our community who make employment a priority and are empowered by MyGuide to support their success. October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), a commemoration of the accomplishments of people with disabilities and their commitment to America’s workforce. Held annually, National Disability Employment Awareness Month is led by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, but its true spirit lies in the many Read more…

Meet Christiana Santos, an Occupational Therapist, and owner of Future Forward Pediatrics

Christiana Santos, an Occupational Therapist, and owner of Future Forward Pediatrics uses MyGuide with her clients every day as a tool for facilitating various therapeutic activities, visual schedules, emotion/choice communication, and remote monitoring or Home Exercise Programs.   “Remote monitoring is one of the best functions of MyGuide! I can actually monitor what clients are doing on their own time – see how and when my clients are performing their home programs, how long they spend Read more…

Caregiver Tips 

Caregiver Tips  Mark, Caregiver for son with autism MyGuide has helped us by establishing lists of activities and routines that he will carry out on his own if his MyGuide takes him through it. In the past, he would resist or not understand what we were asking of him. He understands that the instructions, pictures, and videos on MyGuide are modeling the behaviors that we want him to adopt, and he can complete them independently Read more…

Tips & Tricks to Support Self-Expression

Tips & Tricks to Support Self-Expression Preference Assessment: Create guides that ask what MyGuide users like, prefer, and enjoy, and use their responses to inform how you help them build their guides. Provide real-world examples and images in the guide and apply them with the Choices plugin. This can help users compare options and preferences side-by-side, such as early learning with colors, or choosing between tasks in the workplace.  Wish List: Find our new sample Read more…

National ACCSES Fall Summit 2021

Attending national and local conferences for professionals serving people with developmental disabilities is a powerful way to keep up to date on the latest research, advances, and technology available to professionals in the field. The National ACCSES Fall Summit was held in Tampa in late November.   ACCSES is an elite network of over 1,200 organizations that provide exceptional services to people with disabilities across the United States. The national organization serves as an advocate to federal policy Read more…

Understanding Person-First Language

Person-First Language (PFL) is a style of communication that demonstrates respect for people with disabilities by recognizing them as a person first instead of describing them as their disability. Attention to this language helps to eliminate stereotypes and prejudicial language. Chris Martin, Director of Workforce for Soar365 was involved in the early days of advocating for person-first language. The MPower Me team sat down with Chris recently to reflect on the importance of PFL and how it continues Read more…

The Next Evolution of Human Rights

The presumption of competence is the most basic right upon which all others are founded. By Gretchen Ward, MS, OTR/L In 1946, the World Health Organization identified “the highest attainable standard of health as a right to every human being.” But what does that mean for people with disabilities? Often individuals with disabilities, especially those with cognitive limitations, are left out of the conversation regarding their own health, happiness, and right to work and live Read more…