US player CentralReach buys Monaghan’s Avail Support

Monaghan-based Avail Support will continue to operate from its Irish office with founder Lisa Marie Clinton at the helm.

Irish tech company Avail Support has been acquired by US software company CentralReach for an undisclosed sum.

CentralReach is based in Florida and has 100,000 users serving over 200,000 neurodiverse clients.

“The platform was born out of a need to revolutionise how we support neurodiverse individuals, to equip them with the tools to self-manage their day and have ownership”

Enterprise Ireland-backed Avail Support has developed a digital platform that helps individuals with autism, Down Syndrome, brain injuries and other cognitive disabilities to learn the skills they need to live independent lives.

Living independently

The company’s main market is the US and its software is being used by health providers, schools and workplaces like TJ Maxx across the US to provide evidence-based personalised learning plans, assessments and progress reports to empower individuals with various neurodiverse disabilities, through the use of smart devices.

Disability agencies using the Avail platform have reported that it reduces the need for one-on-one assistance, improving learning outcomes and successes with some users achieving 60pc mastery of skills within four weeks.

Skills achieved by users include hygiene, cooking, independent living, travel training, employment skills and behaviour management.

The solution and package is funded internationally across a range of government-funded assistive technology supports, including in Ireland under the Workforce Equipment Adaptation Grant, provided by the Department of Social Protection. 

Avail Support was founded by Lisa Marie Clinton in 2015 and launched in 2017 after her professional experience and research revealed that by using digital prompting and principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis, she could help those with disabilities learn new lifechanging skills.

Although the company currently has just two employees and outsources some roles, it has experienced a 600pc growth rate in the last eight months.

“This was the obvious next step for Avail,” said Clinton. “The platform was born out of a need to revolutionise how we support neurodiverse individuals, to equip them with the tools to self-manage their day and have ownership.

“With CentralReach as the leader in the space with, we know that, as one company, we could help neurodiverse individuals realise their full potential and live more independent lives, faster. I’m thrilled to join Chris and the larger CentralReach family. Our work has just begun!”

CentralReach said the acquisition of Avail Support would allow them to disrupt the behavioural health software market and that the alliance would create the most robust platform to enable more independent living of neurodiverse individuals of any age.

CentralReach will continue to offer Avail as a standalone solution to the education, employment, and adult transition services markets. It will also be available as an integrated solution with CentralReach’s market-leading EMR (electronic medical record) for ABA (applied behavioural analysis) and behavioural health provider organisations.

“This is very positive news for Avail Support founder Lisa Marie Clinton and her team. Since its early days, Avail Support has been assisted by first the Local Enterprise Office in Monaghan and then through Enterprise Ireland,” said Niall McEvoy, HPSU ICT Accelerate department manager at Enterprise Ireland.

“As a High Potential Start-up company, Enterprise Ireland was proud to back Avail Support’s innovation and vision, knowing its capacity to make a huge difference in the lives of thousands of neurodiverse people with Autism, learning difficulties, and brain injuries. This acquisition will see the use of Avail Support’s platform expand, particularly in the US. We welcome the fact that the Avail Support team will continue to be based in Ireland following the acquisition.”

Main image at top: Avail Support founder Lisa Marie Clinton

By John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 15 March 2021