I am constantly amazed at the multiplicity of apps for smart phones and other devices. Sometimes I catch myself thinking “I never would have thought of that!” when I learn about a particularly ingenious, creative or innovative app.
Individuals with disabilities have benefited from smart technology. A PepNet workshop I attended last year, introduced to me to some of the apps that are popular with individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Other apps I’ve heard about benefit individuals with vision impairments. The educational environment has particularly benefited from smart technology as there are numerous education related apps available that benefit children and college students with and without disabilities.
The potential for apps to make a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities is at the heart of an organization I learned about recently. BridgingApps.org was created by parents and therapists who began using the iPad with children who have special needs and discovered the power of this device as a motivation for learning and for improving speech and fine motor skills.
This volunteer community of parents, therapists, doctors, and teachers is committed to sharing information on how they are using the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android devices to provide access and make a significant difference in the lives of children and adults. These devices, make it possible for individuals to be engaged with the world, despite challenging language, motor, or other developmental delays.
In response to many questions from the BridgingApps community about how to get a device funded, the organization has created a funding source directory of organizations that grant iPads and similar devices to families who have children with special needs. Individuals are encouraged to use the directory as a guide to explore funding options.
- Technology For All: Apple Paves The Road To Accessibility (appadvice.com)
- iPad Owners Love Reading Digital Content But Email Is Still The Most Common iPad Task (cultofmac.com)