Work Buddy: Supporting people with learning difficulties learn and recall new tasks

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

Work Buddy is an android-based app that seeks to support people with learning disabilities to learn and recall new, or infrequently performed tasks, at home, when travelling and in the workplace. In the workplace it seeks to support the transition between direct job coach support and independent working.

Work Buddy provides the tools to breakdown new learning into tailored bite sized steps to meet individual needs- in pictures, videos, sound or text-based. It aims to be simple and usable for task creation and work guidance by individual learners.

The project is funded for 18 months to develop and test the app. Initial feedback suggests the app can be used independently and is helping learners at work. The next phase of evaluation will explore the impact on learning and confidence at the individual level; and the impact on worker independence and the job support required at the organisational level.

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