Drs. Helen Malone and Joe Wheaton were awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education (H327A090052) to develop a technology—together with parents, school personnel, and community members—designed to assist individuals with significant intellectual disabilities with acquiring and maintaining daily living skills using video technology presented via an iPod Touch. The overarching goal of the inPromptu project is to provide individuals with severe intellectual disabilities with a tool to be able to prompt themselves—to incite them to greater action by increasing their competence with daily living skills, to assist them with learning and maintaining new daily living skills, and by supplying them with an easily accessible video system to increase their self-reliance with daily living skills.
inPromptu helps people of all ages learn new skills by watching video clips of others doing the skill. The person watches a series of video clips, each of which shows a part of the skill. By watching each clip, a person can learn even fairly complex skills quickly. Users can pick which video clip to watch or watch all the clips sequentially. Once a task has been learned, the user can skip to the next task quickly and easily. New skills are being added all the time.