avail’s founder, Lisa Marie Clinton, has over 10 years of in-depth, hands on experience in the field of education and skills for individuals with developmental and learning disabilities. The idea for avail, was sparked after Lisa Marie completed her degree in Applied Social Studies from Athlone Institute of Technology. She then went on to work as an ABA Tutor in an ABA school and saw first-hand the importance of task analysis, discrete trial training, individualised supports, and visual prompts for children with Autism. While working with many families in their home environment, she witnessed the challenges parents face in provide and obtaining the right supports for their children.
To compound the problem, Lisa Marie could see first-hand how there was a glaring lack of opportunities for children who transitions into adulthood and were being effectively ‘aged out’ of new opportunities, especially in the area of technology. Knowing there had to be a better way, Lisa Marie set out to change things.
Fuelled with her passion, drive and vast real life expertise, Lisa Marie set about creating a revolutionary tool to promote lifelong learning, focusing on helping children and young adults to live an independent life or reach a point that are able to fulfil their maximum potential. Through further study in a Masters and Dissertation, Lisa Marie researched the underpinning data for avail in 2014.
Since then, Lisa Marie has continued to research and develop avail into the revolutionary support it is today. Thanks to avail, learners, parents and organizations, now have access to a personal-centered support that is transforming the lives of individuals with disabilities.
I Love when I see passion from people willing to make life better for people with disabilities. This is a wonderful idea and one we all need to support to help our citizens with disabilities achieve their deserved potential. Well done Lisa Marie Clinton and the team..
An absolutely brilliant idea. Such a practical aid
Just to let you know a boy in my class used the shoelace tying task. He has autism. And he has mastered it. He is on cloud 9 as are we. It works. This is proof!
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