$ 50,000 grant awarded to an applied behavior analysis startup


CAP GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) – A new company from 1ST50K recently won a startup competition that helps turn new ideas into real projects.

Morning Star Behavioral Associates’ victory was announced on Monday, August 15. The company is an applied behavior analysis company that helps people with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, mental illness and autism.

The company’s exclusive program called the 11 Independence Categories enhances the independence of participants. He is looking to use technology to expand the program internationally. Morning Star clinician results of Lindsey Radcliffe, 55, founder of Morning Star, record their client’s behavior and then intuitively receive a game plan for the next six months to help their client become more independent.

“Once we replicated the positive results of the program in three different groups with over 60 people, I figured I couldn’t clone myself, so developing a platform to teach it to other clinicians was the best thing to do, ”said Lindsey Radcliffe.

The technology Morning Star will develop is an online portal for clinicians to learn and implement the 11 categories of independence in their own facilities.

“The goal of many autistic support programs is paid work in a low-paying job that already exists in the community. And that doesn’t allow people to reach their goal or their potential. We can do better. “said Radcliffe. “We can learn the job skills that a person loves and is good at through our data-driven curriculum, support them with all 11 categories, and call on others to help only when needed. This will open the doors to help people with autism start their own project. business and earn a living wage, fulfilling their goal. “

This is our fourth round for 1ST50K. Entries came from 39 countries and 31 states in the United States, and $ 50,000 was awarded to five companies in the competition with support from organizations such as The Missouri Technology Corporation and The Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce. .

“We are delighted that Lindsey and her team are joining Codefi’s other startups,” said Dr. James Stapleton, co-founder. “Lindsey embodies the qualities of successful entrepreneurs, and our network of mentors and subject matter experts are eager to help her make her concept a reality and a success,” he added.

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