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.