Getting Started With Mobile Devices for Special Needs
- 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
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
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.