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Title: GoManage
Center: NCSER Year: 2020
Principal Investigator: Stanger, Carol Awardee: Attainment Company, Inc.
Program: Small Business Innovation Research in Special Education      [Program Details]
Award Period: 8 months (06/15/2020 – 02/15/2021) Award Amount: $199,997
Type: Phase I Development Award Number: 91990020C0074

This project will develop a prototype of GoManage, a self-management app for students with disabilities to choose a target goal, track progress towards that goal, and earn virtual tokens as they go. Participants will include students from Kindergarten to grade 8 who have extensive language support needs (for example, students with autism or an intellectual disability) and less extensive language support needs (for example, students with learning disabilities or ADHD). The prototype will include the app's user interface, avatars to guide gameplay, progress tracking, and examples of goal setting and target behaviors. At the end of Phase I, in a pilot study with 24 students with a range of disabilities and 6 teachers, the researchers will examine whether the prototype functions as planned, whether teachers believe that the full product concept would be engaging and feasible for students to use, and if the prototype shows potential for support student goal setting.