Earlier this year we had the opportunity to develop and deliver training for Houstonâ€™s Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) The River program that serves children with disabilities. TUTS recently received a grant from the United Way allowing them to provide iPads to their students. Along with the devices, TUTS reached out to us to help provide training for their staff.
One participant stated that training by BridgingApps â€œwas invaluable and brought to mind other ways that I can accomplish some of the aspects of my job.â€
BridgingApps Training and Therapy Coordinator, Betsy Furler embraced the idea of using creative apps to engage and excite students in the program and targeted apps like Toontastic, Paintbox and Scene Speak in her hands-on training with TUTS staff.
We are thrilled to share that through a combination of the new technology and training from BridgingApps, TUTS has been able to incorporate iPads in their summer camp and other programs to help their students with disabilities express themselves through the arts.
Success is best summed up by Amy Potts, a parent of a child with a disability enrolled in the program who said â€œJoining forces with BridgingApps to integrate technology into the arts program helped make my son Rees’ experience more meaningful and fun. The River staff and volunteers make sure every child participates and has time in the spotlight. The social interaction and experience with the arts has been wonderful for Rees.â€
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