BridgingApps: Bridging the gap between technology and people with disabilities (Easter Seals)
BridgingApps is a program of Easter Seals Greater Houston that provides access to educational and therapeutic tools anywhere, anytime allowing parents, teachers, and therapists to effectively use mobile devices and apps to target and improve individual skill development to help children and adults with disabilities reach their highest levels of physical and cognitive development.
The available research and the success stories we have captured reflect the potential power of using touch-based technology and proper training to significantly impact the lives of people with disabilities. These devices can also provide accessibility for people who may have been previously disengaged from the world as a result of challenging language, motor, or other developmental delays. BridgingApps is a community of parents, teachers, therapists, and doctors who share information on how they are using touch-based, mobile devices such as the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android devices and apps with people who have special needs. We created this community to discuss technology in respectful, creative ways focusing on people who have disabilities.
Given the rising number of apps on the market and the diverse skills of children and adults with special needs, our goal is to provide caregivers and professionals with the best resources for choosing apps to enhance everyday life for people with disabilities and sharing their successes with others. In collaboration with speech language pathologists and occupational therapists, we have created an app review system that focuses on skills rather than age, diagnosis or developmental level to help improve outcomes for a person with a disability.