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Assistive Technology Lab Services

Easter Seals Greater Houston, Childrens Therapy and BridgingApps programs are pleased to offer Assistive Technology Services in Texas (Houston, The Woodlands, and Stafford). Assistive Technology (AT) is any 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, to high tech communication devices, iPads, or switches. The AT Lab services vary for each location. Please contact us for pricing or to learn more about the services provided at your nearest lab.

Comcast’s Internet Essentials program and Region 4 Education Service Center (Region 4 ESC) have partnered with the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) Connect Texas Program to ensure students within TEA’s Texas footprint have access to reliable, commercially available home-based fixed broadband internet services free of charge.

If you need assistance getting internet for your home, download the flyer for the Internet Essentials program from Comcast by clicking on the button below.

Easterseals Central Texas Community and Housing Services offers the Double-Click project to help people with disabilities get refurbished computers at a low cost. Texans with a disability can simply complete a one-page application begin the process of getting a computer. Click the button below to learn more.

Houston Lab

Tuesdays by appointment only
4888 Loop Central Drive, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77081

Contact: Cristen Reat 713-838-9050

Assistive Technology Lab

The Woodlands Lab

Thursdays by appointment only
1600 Lake Front Circle, Suite 231 The Woodlands, TX 77380

Contact: Andi Fry
281-705-9850

Stafford Lab

Thursdays by appointment only
12300 Parc Crest Dr. Stafford, TX 77477

Contact: Tara Rocha
832-707-7672

Open Lab Days – Currently on hold due to COVID-19, however we are seeing a limited number of clients in person by appointment only. Contact each lab directly (above) for details.

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. For more information on your local AT Lab events and services, please see the individual lab information above or contact us.

Individual Lab Appointments

Individualized lab appointments with BridgingApps AT Lab staff are available for a fee and can provide more in-depth information about equipment than open labs or open houses. Appointments are geared towards a clients individual needs for assistive technology. These appointments are available for one on one help, but not intended to be a full and documented assessment.

Mobile Device Services

ESGHs BridgingApps program offers services specific to mobile device users. The first is an app matching service, which is done at different levels and can be based on a clients IEP, family goals, or classroom goals. The second is a comprehensive service that helps clients create a plan for the purchase and effective use of a mobile device.

Workshops and Trainings

BridgingApps AT Lab staff can provide informational or in-depth training sessions for your staff to learn more about adapted toys and switches, specialized software and computer equipment, communication devices, and mobile devices and apps.

Full Augmentative and Alternative Communication Evaluation

Full AAC Evaluations are available for a fee and are appropriate when the clients primary concern is communication. Devices included in a Full AAC Evaluation are AAC devices such as Tobiidynavox and PrentkeRomich, mobile devices such as an iPad or iPod Touch and communication apps such as Proloquo2Go and TouchChat, as well as other AAC options. Because these evaluations are not typically covered by insurance, Easter Seals Greater Houston only accepts a self-pay rate of $400. (In some cases, a limited number of evaluations can be covered by grant funding.*) The evaluation includes a language assessment, device trials, an evaluation report, guidance during the purchasing process, and one follow up appointment. In most instances, full AAC evaluations are done at our central Houston location. Please contact us to schedule an appointment.

* 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 send an email to DOfczarzak@EasterSealsHouston.org for more information.

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