Addressing Challenges of Social Media for Individuals Living with IDD and Mental Health Issues

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Date and time: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 1:00 pm CDT
Duration: 1 hour and 2 minutes
Handout: PowerPoint Presentation-Greg Wilson, Jake Jones, Jade Pollock, and Robyn Blanchard

Overview: With the social restrictions surrounding COVID-19 pandemic, connecting with others via virtual and social media platforms has become much more prevalent. Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) may have barriers in accessing social media platforms, including experience in navigating and knowing appropriate ways of interacting and making connections virtually. aSuggestion for Wellness & Care, working in a collaborative partnership with The Arc Gloucester, offers a unique combination of features and services that allows for the Provider to leverage their Direct Support Staff to manage and moderate social media platform that includes healthy group discussions in an anonymous, secure, and private manner with the individuals they serve (patients, clients, family, service recipients, etc.). The application of this concept with the collaboration of partners like The Arc Gloucester has shown to be a one-of-a-kind solution to social engagement and education in a virtual context to support individuals with IDD. The platform allows for personal choice, independence, safe (moderated) social engagement, anonymity, staff facilitation, and (non-prescribed) 24/7 access 365 days per year. This presentation will share The Arc Gloucester’s experiences with the aSuggestion platform and present ways to get involved and become collaborative partners.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe aSuggestion for Wellness & Care and its component.
2. Obtain information on how to get involved and use aSuggestion for Wellness & Care in organizational programming.


Greg Wilson, serves as the Founder & CEO of the aSuggestion comment sharing platform. Greg leads all marketing, biz dev, networking, B2B, and content management efforts of aSuggestion. He has an extensive background in business and sales in the healthcare verticals for the last 20 years with a degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Jake Jones is the Chief Executive Officer of The Arc Gloucester in West Deptford, NJ. He is a certified Master Trainer of Crisis Management: Verbal Intervention, non-aversive Personal Control Techniques in Crisis Situations for people supporting individuals with I/DD. Jake earned his Master’s degree from Rutgers University. He is also a certified Americans with Disabilities Act Advocate (CADAA); via City University of New York (John J. College of Criminal Justice). He’s also a proud veteran.

Jade Pollock has 14 years experience working in the human services field. Jade works in the I/DD field providing quality assurance for day as well as residential programs and currently serves as the COO for a residential based I/DD agency. Jade holds a BA in Public Relations from Temple University and an MPA in Nonprofit Management from American Public University.

Robyn J. Blanchard is a registered nurse for over 24+ years with specialized nursing experience in (labor & delivery, school nursing, and developmental disabilities communities). Over 14 years enjoyed with The Arc Gloucester Agency Nurse position. Author of “Health- Fully Yours” Health & Wellness Tool Kit through Arc US HealthMeet Project.


COVID-19 Webinar Series is presented by the HealthMatters Program, Department of Disability and Human Development, College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago with continued partnership with Project SEARCH, a leader in securing competitive employment for people with disabilities based at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and with Aspire an Illinois organization providing services to children and adults with developmental disabilities, their families and their communities.


  • There is no cost for these webinars.
  • CEUs are not offered for these webinars.
  • Webinars and materials will be recorded and archived on YouTube.
  • For disability accommodations email Jasmina Sisirak ( at least 10 days before the webinars.
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