HOUSTON,Â March 1, 2018 â€” The BridgingApps Program of Easter Seals Greater Houston, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is partnering with SeniorNet (a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in Fort Myers, Florida)Â to share information on using mobile devices and apps to support learning goals and the independence of people with disabilities, veterans, older adults, seniors and caregivers.
With the support of the CTA Foundation, BridgingApps has developed online content for the BridgingApps website related to the use of mobile devices and apps to improve physical, cognitive and social health of older adults and people with disabilities. This partnership with SeniorNet provides a bridge between available mobile devices and apps and users who seek to use the technology to support learning goals, increase levels of independence and enhance their lives.
â€œWith the rise of smartphone and tablet use among seniors, there is great potential for older adults to leverage this technology to stay connected with others, be more involved in managing health issues, and to live independently,â€ says Cristen Reat, BridgingApps Co-Founder. â€œProviding a trusted resource that includes a database of vetted apps, short videos, and how-to articles will support those interested in using their device to the fullest.â€
â€œAll of the key trends and analysis point to the significant increase of mobile devices. The partnership with BridgingApps supports our mission of knocking down barriers and educating our targeted communities in effectively using the latest technology and gadgets,â€ said Leslie M. Smith, SeniorNet President & CEO and Retired IBM Business Development Executive.
BridgingAppsâ€™ free website houses a database of apps reviewed by speech pathologists, occupational therapists, psychologists, special education teachers and other professionals.Â Its custom-built app search tool helps users filter the thousands of available apps for a particular need, down to a few. Â Curated app lists for veterans, older adults, people with disabilities and others are consistently updated and added to as new apps become available.