BridgingApps/Assistive Technology



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About BridgingApps®

picture of Easter Seals clientBridgingApps is a program of Easter Seals Greater Houston that provides resources, education, and information on apps and mobile devices to help people with disabilities target and improve skills and reach their highest levels of physical, social, and cognitive development. BridgingApps includes a website, app reviews by therapists and special education teachers, a custom app search engine, assistive technology labs and training options for parents, organizations and schools. For more information, visit Check out some of our amazing success stories here.


The available research and the success stories we have captured reflect the potential power of using mobile touch-based technology and proper training to significantly impact the lives of people with disabilities. These devices can also serve as accessible tools for people who may have been previously disengaged from the world as a result of challenging language, motor, or other developmental delays. BridgingApps is a community of parents, teachers, therapists, doctors, and people with disabilities who share information on how they are using touch-based, mobile devices such as the iPad®, iPhone®, iPodTouch® and Android® devices and apps with people who have special needs. We created this community to discuss technology in respectful, creative ways focusing on people of all ages who have disabilities.

Given the rising number of apps on the market and the diverse skills of children and adults with disabilities, our goal is to provide caregivers, professionals, and people with disabilities with the best resources for choosing apps to enhance everyday life and to share their successes with others. In collaboration with speech language pathologists and occupational therapists, we have created an app review system that focuses on skills - rather than age, diagnosis or developmental level to help improve outcomes for a person with a disability.

Assistive Technology Services

picture of Easter Seals client using AT LabAssistive 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. Assistive Technology can be anything from low tech communication boards and switches, to high tech communication devices like eye gaze technology and iPads.

Open Labs and Open House Events
The Easter Seals Greater Houston AT&T Assistive Technology Lab offers open labs on Tuesday evenings and open houses quarterly. We invite the public to explore adapted toys and switches, specialized software and computer equipment, communication devices, and mobile devices and apps. Easter Seals Greater Houston staff is available to answer questions; however, individualized support is limited depending on the number of participants.

This location is one of the 16 Texas Technology Access Program (TTAP) demonstration labs in the State of Texas. For more information on TTAP, including the AT device loan program, go to

Full Augmentative and Alternative Communication Evaluation
Easter Seals Greater Houston’s Children’s Therapy and BridgingApps programs offer comprehensive Augmentative and Alternative Communication Evaluations (AAC). A full AAC Evaluation is available for a fee and is appropriate when the client’s primary concern is communication. Devices included in a full AAC Evaluation are devices such as Tobii Dynavox and Prentke Romich, mobile device communication apps such as Proloquo2Go, as well as other AAC options. The evaluation includes a full language evaluation, device trials, an evaluation report, and guidance during the purchasing process.

*If you have concerns about your child's communication skills and want to request an AAC evaluation please call 713.838.9050, ext. 381 or email us for more information.  


Assistive Technology Lab

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BridgingApps offers Assistive Technology Services in Texas (Houston, The Woodlands and Stafford). Each AT Lab has Open Lab Days open to the public without an appointment for visitors to explore a variety of assistive technology, including adapted toys and switches, specialized software and computer equipment, communication devices, and mobile devices and apps. Volunteers and staff are available to answer questions; however, individualized support is limited depending on the number of participants. The AT Lab services vary for each location. Please contact us for hours, pricing, or to learn more about the services provided at your nearest lab.

Lab Locations
BridgingApps Assistive Technology Lab 
4888 Loop Central Drive, Suite 100 | Houston, TX 77081
Contact: Cristen Reat, 713.838.9050, ext. 383

The Woodlands Lab
1600 Lake Front Circle, Suite 231 | The Woodlands, TX 77380
Contact: Andi Fry, 281.705.9850

Stafford Location
12300 Parc Crest Drive | Stafford, TX 77477
Contact: Tara Rocha, 832.707.7672

Learn more about our Assistive Technology Lab Services.


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)

*This program is made possible by: Amerigroup, Anya & Aarav Bhojwani Foundation, Consumer Technology Association Foundation, CVS Foundation, Dow Jones Foundation, Lewis and Joan Lowenstein Foundation, Fred & Mabel R. Parks Foundation, William E. and Natoma Pyle Harvey Charitable Trust, and the Whalley Foundation.

Easter Seals of Greater Houston, Inc.
4888 Loop Central Drive, Suite 200, Houston, TX 77081 | Ph: 713.838.9050 | Fax: 713.838.9098  
Easter Seals Greater Houston is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
*Clients are rendered services without distinction due to race, color, national origin, religion, sex or disability. 



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