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BridgingApps was created by parents and therapists who began using the iPad with children who have special needs. Sami Rahman sought to help his 2 year old son with Cerebral Palsy communicate. Cristen Reat was looking for a computer mouse her 6 year old son with Down syndrome could control. After a few months of using the iPad with their children, both parents observed amazing gains in speech, fine motor skills and realized the power of this device as a motivation for learning. They began to meet regularly to compare notes on favorite apps
BridgingApps is a volunteer community of parents, therapists, doctors, and teachers who share information on how we are using the iPad®, iPhone®, iPod Touch® and Android® devices with people who have special needs. We have found these mobile devices to provide accessibility for people who may have been previously disengaged from the world because of challenging language, motor, or other developmental delays. Given the rising number of apps on the market and the diverse skills of children and adults with special needs, parents have found each other to be one of the best resources for choosing apps to enhance everyday life for our children of all ages. While our group is primarily parent-driven, our efforts are naturally collaborative with the people who help people with disabilities develop particular skills — therapists and educators.
BridgingApps is an online community to discuss technology in respectful, creative ways focusing on people who have disabilities. Components of this forum include app lists, practical how-to’s, success stories, community feedback, and a review system that identifies skills embedded in particular apps.
Cristen Reat|BridgingApps Program Coordinator
Easter Seals Greater Houston
office 713.838.9050 x 383|Fax 713.838.9098
4500 Bissonnet, Suite 340 |Bellaire, TX, 77401