Digital Media, Aging, and Disability: What Works & Why?

Digital Media, Aging, and Disability: What Works & Why

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) wants to explore how the aging and disability communities are using technology and new media to learn about and manage services.

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ACL brings together the efforts and achievements of the Administration on Aging, the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and the HHS Office on Disability to serve as the Federal agency responsible for increasing access to community supports, while focusing attention and resources on the unique needs of older Americans and people with disabilities across the lifespan.

ACL recognizes that digital media has changed the way people communicate. ACL wants to explore how the aging and disability communities, including their families and caregivers, communicate using technology and new media. We believe that there are successful examples of how people use mobile media and social media to inform and enable choices in services beyond which ACL’s current tools, such as the Eldercare Locator, currently support.

ACL will undertake a project to survey the current state of communications in the aging and disabled communities and will develop at least one pilot system to demonstrate the ways in which technology and new media can improve communication and decision making in the aging and disability communities.

ACL is looking for a strong entrepreneur with a background in technology, specifically the development and implementation of consumer service platforms. Below are a list of specific skills and qualifications desired:

  • Technology background – has experience with developing and implementing consumer service platforms (wikis, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and new media (mobile media, social media, etc.)
  • Ability to develop applications using agile development and technologies such as CSS, HTML5
  • Past project management experience, especially in design, implementing and measuring the success of pilots
  • Ability to engage with various stakeholder communities and create meaningful change

As an entrepreneur you have the chance to make a meaningful difference in lives of millions of Americans, especially as our population ages and we provide more and better services to persons with disabilities. This is an emerging market and offers the chance to develop a unique technological solution for the problem of finding and managing services for the older Americans and Americans with disabilities. You will have the chance to network with individuals across government.

If this opportunity sounds like a perfect fit you, apply now or share the opportunity with  someone.  Applications will be open from May 5, 2014 – July 16, 2014.

Scott Cory, Administration for Community Living
Jason Bennett, Administration for Community Living

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