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VR Empowerment: Residents Expand Their World

Sensory Programming

December 14, 2018 – Rendever is an award-winning tech company out of Boston that is laser focused on improving the lives of others. Their sensory platform, operated by caregivers, helps engage special populations. Watch their video on CBS. So, how does Duvall fit in?  Because possible benefits for people with developmental disabilities were recognized, we reached out to the Rendever team. As a result, a plan was set in motion for Duvall to test their virtual reality 360° equipment. And empowerment through VR emerged.

“Our platform was designed to enhance the social experience,” said Rendever CEO, Kyle Rand. “Several people can participate in real time, and form meaningful connections. With caregivers directing the program, participants are able to visit new places and enjoy the selected immersive experiences with ease.”

Rand’s background is in Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering. Rendever’s CTO, Tom Neumann’s, is a successful developer of VR applications. Since cofounding Rendever in 2016, Rand and Neumann have embarked on a journey to share their unique platform all over the world.

Discovering A New World

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ADT Support Specialist, Cindy Jakobowski, experiences life on a farm in VR – one of numerous 360 Rendever videos engaged by residents.

“Some of our participants have attention deficits or processing challenges, ” said Duvall’s Director of Adult Day Training, Shirley Zonnevylle. “The VR headset allowed them to focus on one specific subject and eliminate other visual distractions.”

Rendever continues to expand its reach. Their software is not just in retirement communities and long-term care facilities; they’re in single family homes and even cancer treatment centers. Among other things, Rendever’s platform provides a diversion for pain and anxiety.

Duvall Homes is fortunate to be given the opportunity to sample this innovative VR program, and are grateful to Rand and the Rendever team. While additional time is needed to determine the full benefits for clients of Duvall Homes, one thing is certain. Duvall’s team of Direct Support Professionals, Specialists and clients were able to explore a whole new universe. And, for a time, were taken to parts of the world they would otherwise not have gone.

VR Empowerment Video

Watch Steven (top image) pilot a single engine prop plane with Wings of Storm, a Croatian Air Force Aerobatic Team.

Watch what Steven experienced.

Read Expanding Worlds with additional VR photos in Duvall’s 2018 Fall Newsletter.

Volusia Manufacturing Association

Duvall Homes joins Volusia Manufacturers Association

February 1, 2018 – Duvall Homes is a proud new member of Volusia Manufacturers Association (VMA), a vibrant manufacturing community of leadership and achievement in Volusia and Flagler Counties.

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Left to right, Elizabeth Bhimjee, Duvall’s CMDO; Jessica Lovatt, VMA VP Sales & Marketing; Karen Jacobs, Senior VP, Bank of America Merrill Lynch; and Steven DeVane, Duvall’s CEO.

Founded in 1980, VMA provides information, education and networking opportunities to help manufacturers grow and succeed. This new relationship with VMA is fitting with the programs and contract work services we offer at Duvall’s Opportunities Enrichment Center to people with developmental disabilities who we serve.

As we move into a new year, expanding our own contract work program and facility, we look forward to the professional opportunities and connections that await us through VMA.

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Happy National Pet Day

April 11, 2017 – Happy National Pet Day: Residents of Duvall Homes volunteer on a regular basis with the animals at Journey’s End Animal Sanctuary in Glenwood, just a few minutes from our Opportunities Enrichment Center (OEC) on our main campus.Duvall Homes Journey's End

Journey’s End provides care and shelter for dogs, cats, horses, pigs, sheep and birds that have been abused, neglected or have special needs.

Duvall Homes Journey's EndFor more information on the many programs that occur in Duvall’s Adult Day Training in our OEC, visit DuvallHomes.org.