Initiatives in Progress

FY 2019-2020

Smart Home Technology Demonstration Room

Deliverable in April 2019, this staging environment will be available at 4700 Wissahickon Suite 126 for our Board’s consideration. Using generic technology the demonstration will provide information about long-term return on investment and market viability for RHD’s Assistive Technology and Residential Computing initiative.

Managed Care Payer Transition Planning

Knowing that Pennsylvania plans to transition all adults receiving long-term services and supports to managed care, we are actively engaged in adapting our services to a change in payer in all program domains.


This employment model is designed for individuals with dual diagnosis (intellectual disabilities & behavioral health). Focused on Urban Farming, it features flex-time and a rapid earning strategy. Ages 21+.


This service model offers flexible, cash-based earning. It is the most inclusive of our employment options serving individuals identifying as disabled and non-disabled. Service frequency, duration, and parameters are identical regardless of disability status. Ages 16+.

The Accessibility Gallery

This is a gallery that exhibits accessible solutions in the domains of inclusive education, independent living, and inclusive employment. By the end of year three, the Accessibility Gallery will achieve stand-alone non-profit status with individuals who identify as being a member of the disability community serving as advisory and managing stakeholders.

The Accessibility Gallery will curate three themed exhibitions a year that will allow technology industry partners, makers and designers to show their accessibility products to the public. Much like an art gallery, technology companies will have the opportunity to exhibit their products. Gallery visitors will be able to use/test what’s on exhibit in addition to having the opportunity to gather resources about accessibility in education, employment and independent living. The Accessibility Gallery will be open to the public. Gallery employees will be members of the disabled community who have a say in the curation of each exhibit.

Deaf Accessible Status & Commitment to Deaf Culture

IDEATE is currently requesting the distinction as a ‘Deaf Accessible’ service provider with a focus on employment, community inclusion and assistive technology. Working with community partners including but not limited to Deaf Hearing Communication Centre, Inc., Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Office of Developmental Programs, Art in City Hall and Temple University. IDEATE has the mentorship of Lisa Santomen-Hellberg, a well-known counselor in deaf services.