Assistive Technology Resources

Assistive Technology Resources

Assistive Technology is an item, piece of equipment, software or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Assisitive Technology can be anything from low tech communication boards, to high tech communication devices such as tablets. Easter Seals Greater Houston offers the following assistive technology resources and programs: Assistive Technology Mobile Devices Lab, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Evaluations, BridgingApps and ToyTech.

 

Assistive Technology Lab

Vincent Reat-1The lab includes a variety of touch-based mobile devices, traditional computers with adapted software and hardware, and adapted toys. The lab is open to the public Tuesday nights and by appointment. For questions regarding mobile devices contact Cristen at creat@eastersealshouston.org or call 713-838-9050, ext. 383. Please reach out to Jana Rodriguez at JLRodriguez@eastersealshouston.org or call 713-330-9262, regarding computers or toys. Did you know that you can check out ebooks and more with your Houston Public Library card and that HPL checks out hotspots for free?  Find out how here.

 

 

 

 


Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Evaluations

DynavoxEaster Seals Greater Houston's BridgingApps program is now offering comprehensive Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Evaluations. If you have concerns about your child's communication skills and would like to request an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Evaluation, please contact us or call 713.838.9050, ext. 381Learn more.

 

 

 

  

BridgingApps

L1000531-croppedEaster Seals' BridgingApps program is a community of parents, therapists, teachers and doctors who share information on how to use mobile device technology like the iPad®, iPhone®, iPod Touch® and Android® devices to help people with disabilities learn, grow and develop. The in person and online community offers an app review system focused on skills – not age, diagnosis, or developmental level – created to assist users in choosing apps to help people with disabilities improve cognitive learning, social and emotional development and communication skills. If you are looking to improve a skill or creatively compensate for a deficit that may be preventing a person with a disability or delay from maximizing their fullest potential, BridgingApps is the place for you. Learn moreFor questions contact Cristen at creat@eastersealshouston.org or call 713-838-9050, ext. 383.

 

 

ToyTech & Play Therapy

ToyTech-photoToyTech is a unique resource and lending library for children with all types of disabilities ages birth to thirteen years and their siblings and parents. ToyTech is equipped with trained individuals who can evaluate a child's need and teach parents how to use specialized and adapted toys effectively to help their children develop. The purpose of ToyTech is to make accessible toys that have been specifically selected or adapted to meet the unique needs of children with any type of developmental delay or disability so they can benefit from the enrichment of play. ToyTech also offers the following play therapy groups: yoga, karate, dance, music and pet therapy. To check out the ToyTech lending library or attend a play therapy group, please schedule an appointment in advance. Learn more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online Transition Tool - TexasYouth2Adult 

Online Transition ToolTransition planning requires addressing many areas of need for a child with chronic health conditions, yet there is currently no simple method that tackles areas as wide ranging as health care to age appropriate social activities, independent living or employment in any meaningful way. This process can be overwhelming for parents and often medical providers and educators do not address transition issues until young adulthood, resulting in missed opportunities to transition successfully.

To this end BridgingApps created an innovative, easy to use and sustainable online tool that will empower families to plan early, obtain assistance with the right questions to ask, and access current information to allow their children to live as fully participating members of our community.  A focal point of the tool is connection with BridgingApps' App Search Tool, a free online tool allowing users to find a variety of smartphone/tablet applications to assist with many areas of transition, such as education, managing health information, and independent living. BridgingApps has sought input from organizations/people from around Texas to create this resource. The Transition Tool can be found here: TexasYouth2Adult and requires the usuer to set up a free account (no personal information is tracked). Transition Tool (in a nutshell)

 

 

 

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