Getting Started With Mobile Devices for Special Needs

Accessories & Safety: A step by step guide to preparing and protecting a mobile device
Rating: 3.9 out of 5 (54 ratings)
6,710 students
Getting Started With Mobile Devices for Special Needs
Rating: 3.9 out of 5 (54 ratings)
6,710 students
Be familiar with accessory options available for a mobile device that can assist a user’s individual needs
Identify strategies for determining which accessories can address needs of accessing a device, using a device for communication or as an educational tool

Requirements

  • Be in the market for a mobile device
  • Own or have access to a mobile device
  • Be in a caregiving role for someone who owns a mobile device
Description

Low cost commercially available mobile devices have allowed people with disabilities to leverage the power of technology to help them improve skills and become more independent. We know that getting started can be overwhelming, so we have created this course to demystify the learning process of what is available to help you or someone you love get the most out of their mobile device.

I will go over the broad topics covered in the course, as well as review the supplemental material and assignments. And, I will take you step by step through a variety of options for preparing and protecting a mobile device by selecting appropriate accessories for a user with special needs. I will address a range of considerations for people of all ages with special needs, such as how to choose a protective case, which stylus might be beneficial, is a separate keyboard necessary and what is a Bubcap? This course will ensure that you have access to information to assist you in setting up a device for success.

Who this course is for:
  • This course is for anyone interested in using a mobile device to improve skills or reach goals, such as those with disabilities, parents, caregivers, therapists, and teachers
  • Students should have a mobile device or be in the market for one
  • Although BridgingApps is a program of Easter Seals Greater Houston that helps bridge the gap between technology and people with disabilities, this course provides relevant information that will help people of all abilities use a mobile device effectively
Course content
8 sections • 36 lectures • 1h 23m total length
  • Introduction
    03:23
  • Practice Activity
    00:38
  • Start Where You Are
    00:53
  • Defining Key Terms & Self Assessment
    00:34
  • Why do we focus on mobile devices and apps for people who have disabilities?
    02:16
  • Getting Started Quiz - Practice Activity
    2 questions
  • Getting Started With Mobile Devices for Special Needs
    01:48
  • What Kind of Devices are Available?
    00:14
  • Things to Consider in Selecting a Device
    04:58
  • Apple, Android, Fire, and Windows | What Do I Need to Know About Platforms?
    02:35
  • Weighing It All Out
    03:50
  • Android
    03:11
  • eReaders
    03:03
  • Windows
    02:30
  • Practice Activity
    00:18
  • Cases and Carrying Systems
    00:36
  • What to Look for in a Case
    01:00
  • Soft and Squishy Cases
    03:48
  • Big Grips Cases for the iPod Touch, iPad, iPad Mini and Carrying System
    07:32
  • Tough & Rugged Cases
    05:35
  • Other Cases We Like
    04:08
  • Carrying Systems
    04:00
  • Section 4, Protecting a Device
    2 questions
  • What to look for in speakers and Headphones
    00:58
  • Our Favorite Speakers and Headphones
    04:13
  • Practice Activity
    00:12
  • Types of Mounts
    05:36
  • Practice Activity
    00:12
  • Helpful Products I Never Knew Existed
    00:19
  • Keyguards & Bubcaps
    04:03
  • Tacscreens & External Keyboards
    01:37
  • Styluses
    03:39
  • Practice Activity
    00:12
  • Putting It All Together
    01:10
  • Course Review
    00:23
  • Practice Activity & Reflection
    00:12
  • Bonus
    02:08
  • Course Resources
    2 pages

Instructors
a program of Easter Seals Houston
BridgingApps -
  • 3.9 Instructor Rating
  • 54 Reviews
  • 6,710 Students
  • 1 Course

BridgingApps, a program of Easter Seals Houston, provides the access, education, and resources needed to effectively use mobile, touch-based devices to help people with disabilities communicate, exceed educational goals, and reach their fullest potential. BridgingApps includes a website, app reviews by therapists and special education teachers, a custom app search engine, assistive technology labs, monthly in person meetings in Houston, Fort Worth, Rio Grande Valley and Austin, training options for parents, organizations and schools.

Because of the relatively recent appearance of mobile technology, evidenced-based data is only slowly emerging on how people with disabilities are effectively using mobile devices to improve skills and become more independent, yet we at BridgingApps see the impact of this technology on people's lives every day. For us, success is measured by a child who is nonverbal tells his mother “I love you" for the first time, a grandmother who proudly and joyfully texts with her grandson, and the teenager with Autism who lands his first job because he successfully uses his iPod Touch as his job coach. Creating opportunities to bring these successes to scale is and continues to be our goal.

Tara Rocha
  • 3.9 Instructor Rating
  • 54 Reviews
  • 6,710 Students
  • 1 Course