Creative Housing Options for Adults with Developmental Disabilities and High Complex Needs

A crisis is looming for many Ontario citizens with developmental disability and other challenges that make their support needs especially complex. In recent decades a process of deinstitutionalization moved the Province away from a morally problematic "warehousing" model towards one where people had an opportunity at meaningful lives in their communities. However, many are living lives that depend on family members who are stressed, aging, and in declining health, and there is no plan in place for what happens when these families can no longer carry that load.

Measuring the Effects of a Cycling Program on Older Adults Living in Long-Term Care

This research will measure the effects of the Cycling Without Age program on participants by observing a variety of indicators. An existing program in a long-term care home will be observed, and 50 residents will be recruited: a biking group (n=25) who will be biked twice a week for 12 weeks and a strolls group (n=25) who will go for walks/wheelchair rides outside.

Spaces, People, Things: Entanglements within Congregate Living

This project explores how one congregate living environment in Edmonton Alberta supports their residents through the use of the material environment including designed spaces and objects created by architectural and interior designers. The web of person-environment relationships and interactions that is complicated, dynamic, messy, and riddled with shifting agency is unpacked revealing how humans depend on things, things depend on things, and things depend on humans.

Improving Situation Awareness for a Collaborative Service Robot in Care Environment - Year two

Development of Collaborative Service Robot (CSR) technologies usually targets a certain population group like seniors or people with developmental disabilities (DD) and requires tailored and dedicated research and development. This project is ultimately seeking to provide a proof of concept of a CSR platform that can assist people with DD. The overall project involves research and development focused on two broad robotics themes: autonomous navigation and situation awareness.

Development of a knowledgebase to enable streamlined analysis and interpretation of NGS data from pediatric leukemia cohorts

Twenty years ago, the first human genome was sequenced at a cost of 3 billion dollars. Today, this can be done in a day at a cost of approximately $1000. Despite this drastic reduction, the promise of personalized medicine, to customize therapy for each patient, has not yet been realized through next generation sequencing (NGS). While sequencing is becoming a commodity, the data analysis remains a significant challenge. Streamline Genomics addresses these challenges by providing clinicians with a powerful and user-friendly analysis platform.

Be Yourself: How to be a Positive Influencer On and Offline

It has been shown that a mother’s conduct, together with her relationship with her daughter, can directly and indirectly impact her daughter’s well-being and development (e.g., eating habits, body image, and self-esteem). Studies have shown that the mother/daughter relationship influences every stage of the daughter’s development, with particular influence in the formation of the young adolescent girl’s perception of herself and her body.

Predicting Risk of Aggressive Responsive Behaviours among People Suffering from Dementia using Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Machine Learning (ML).

Patients with dementia will eventually experience significant loss of cognitive function. Many will have difficulty properly communicating life’s challenges and instead become agitated, resulting in verbal or physical aggression. Monitoring the risk of a resident harming themselves or others due to aggressive behavior is a priority within a long-term care facility where dementia is present. Caregivers at Shannex regularly record resident health and behaviour using computing systems.

Machine Learning Aided Detection of Brain Aneurysms

Intracranial aneurysms are relatively common, occurring in 2-5% of the general population. Rupture of the aneurysm can result in a stroke with a devastating 30-day mortality of 45%. Further, severe medical conditions are possible in which up to one third of patients may die before reaching the hospital and one third will become severely debilitated. Aneurysms are, however, difficult to find on magnetic resonance and computed tomography angiography scans (MRA and CTA scans) – especially when small or located close to the bone.

Evaluating the effectiveness of a multimodal intensive episodic treatment centre for youth Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) victims: The Be Brave Ranch

Child sexual abuse (CSA) is an all too prevalent form of childhood trauma worldwide. Nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 10 men experience some form of abuse in their childhood. CSA has been linked to numerous long-term effects: PTSD, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders, sexual dysfunction, suicidal ideation, and cognitive impairment. Growing awareness of the problem has led more individuals to seek professional treatment. At present, there is no gold-standard for CSA treatment, particularly in youth.

Housing First as Intervention and its Economic Impact

A review of Housing First practices for housing chronically homeless residents, and their cost-saving potential for municipalities and housing organizations. Housing First treats supplying permanent housing as a priority for recovery for chronically homeless adults suffering from mental health and substance abuse issues. This has been shown to be a more effective housing and treatment strategy that traditional programs that target the same population.

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