NIDILRR Program Database Detailed Record.

Project Type/Research Category: Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRPs).

Funding Priority: Community Living and Participation.
For more information on NIDILRR's funding priorities, read about NIDILRR's Core Areas of Research in the Long Range Plan at

HEELS 2 Participation: Improving Community Participation for Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
School of Medicine.
104 Airport Drive, Suite 2200
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-1350.

Principal Investigator: Dara V. Chan, ScD; Brianne Tomaszewski, PhD.
Public Contact Phone: 919/843-4471 (Chan), 919/962-8563 (Tomaszewski).
Project Number: 90DPCP0013. About grant numbers.
Start Date: September 1, 2022.
Length: 60 months.
NIDILRR Officer: Dawn Carlson, PhD, MPH.
NIDILRR Funding: FY 22 $499,863; FY 23 $499,634; FY 24 $499,881; FY 25 $499,739; FY 26 $499,286.
Abstract: The goal of this project is to develop HEELS 2 Participation (H2P), innovative eLearning Modules and a virtual tool kit to improve community participation for young adults with intellectual disabilities (ID). H2P moves the existing Higher Education, Employment, and Living Success (HEELS) curriculum and materials to a digital eLearning platform (eLearning Modules) that incorporates instructional design industry best practices of interactivity, gamification, and narration/storytelling, while a virtual toolkit houses customizable resources for participants, instructors, and coaches to use in working on individualized community goals. The goal of this project is to use technology to promote long-term, sustainable, and meaningful community living and participation for young adults with ID. The objectives are to: (1) refine and expand previously created HEELS transition curriculum into the H2P eLearning Modules and virtual toolkit (Proof of Concept); (2) develop a fully working prototype of H2P eLearning Modules and virtual toolkit (Proof of Product); and (3) conduct a pilot study of H2P (Proof of Product). Project outcomes include: (1) increased community living and participation outcomes that are personalized to the desired participation goals of young adults with ID; (2) increased community living and participation skills (e.g., self-management, daily living skills, coping skills, safety skills), functional outcomes (self-determination), and quality of life for these young adults; 3) improvements in knowledge and understanding among coaches and instructors of how to support young adults with ID in community goals; (4) increased coach and instructor knowledge of H2P content; and (5) a technology transfer plan for sustainability of H2P.
Descriptors: , Community living, Community participation, eLearning, Functional outcome, Intellectual Disabilities, Self Management, Toolkit, Young Adults.

Documents in REHABDATA: There are no documents related to this project.