On April 28, 2012 Vicki Windman of staging.bridgingapps.org was invited to be the featured speaker for the annual Down Syndrome Symposium presented by the Aim High Resource Center and the Center for Disabilities in Albany, New York. The conference titled â€œBeyond Our Wildest Dreams â€“ Getting Connectedâ€ focused on how technology can enhance the lives of those with disabilities. Vicki shared her knowledge about the iPad and how it can assist students with special needs. Parents were in awe of what the iPad could do for their children. Vicki demonstrated her favorite apps and how they could assist students reach their IEP goals. She presented the BridgingApps road map to help parents see where they are on the map. She also introduced INSIGNIO, the new custom-built app searching tool developed by BridgingApps. The rest of the day was filled with breakout sessions that included more information on the iPad, Assistive Technology Freeware, and AAC devices. What a wonderful day filled with a Keynote by Michael Robert Cardella, who was born in 1978 with Down syndrome. Today Michael is a speaker at various venues to talk about his abilities, not his disability. Over 100 parents, therapists and teachers attended the conference. See the list below for the apps presented at this event.
Starfall ABCs– ABC learning, phonics app
PocketPhonics– Letter writing, Phonics
Teach Me Toddler, K, First Grade, Second Grade– Early math skills, spelling, and writing
Write My Name– Learn to write your own name, alphabet and basic word cards
Fun with Directions– Auditory, visual following directions
Proloquo2Go– Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) app
Memory Tricks– Fun way to increase memory skills
SuperWhy– 4 games in one- rhyming, letter, answering sentences, writing skills and letter hunt
DoodleCast– Creative app that records your voice, draw pictures
Making Sequences-Built in sequences from alphabet to going to school. Place pictures in sequential order and listen to the story.
Montessori Crosswords– 3 levels to teach spelling
Storyrobe– Creative way to present stories- social stories, visual schedule. Add your pictures and voice.
Jungle Coins– 5 levels of learning coins
Preposition Remix– Prepositions-in front, behind, etc
Reading Pal– Make your own spelling tests
Word Bingo– Dolch sight words- Pre Primer-Third grade
Pattern Recognition– Learning about patterns using, colors, animals, and shapes
Word Wizard– Spelling quizzes and moveable alphabet
Interactive Telling time– Set time, whatâ€™s the time quizzes and more
Splashmath– Grades 1-5 complete math program
Questionit– Practice wh questions from sorting, sentences and paragraphs
Talkâ€™n Photo– Take photos add your own words- great for anyone who is non-verbal or has word retrieval difficulties.