It is important to focus on the person who is using the technology, not the device itself
Each step of the Roadmap builds on knowledge and skill attainment, leading toward proficient and effective use of mobile devices and apps by or for a person with a disability.
For users with limited or no knowledge of mobile devices or apps. Users may have heard that some people with disabilities have benefited from using a mobile device, but are not sure what the benefits may be or how to get started.
Technology is just one tool that can be used to assist people with disabilities in performing tasks that were once difficult or that they were previously unable to do. Assistive Technology can be used to maximize learning efforts, increase cognitive ability, communication skills, physical mobility, and overall independence.
Many apps are designed for educational skill development and therapeutic uses. Users have found that certain apps paired with a mobile device can accelerate learning and increase skills in people with disabilities.
There are a number of organizations that grant or donate iPads and other devices to those who need them. The BridgingApps website includes a Funding Source Directory.
It is important to have a goal or skillsÂ in mindÂ that a user would like to improve when beginning to sort through apps. BridgingApps provides professional standards-based app reviews that are skill-focused, rather than categorized by age or disability.
In addition to the ability to search apps by skill and read professional reviews, BridgingApps users can create, track, manage, and share app searches or app lists for individual skill improvement and goals attainment.
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