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Tuesday, March 17 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Modern Swiss Army Knife: Apps for Independence

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Fact: You are getting older.
Your eyesight may be a little blurry or you may have trouble remembering the milk. In fact, you may already be using some of the same accessibility features that are so important for people with various disabilities, such as increasing your text size or calendar reminders.
Independence is important at any age. Whether you are a non-verbal child trying to express yourself, an adult who suffered a traumatic brain injury, or a baby boomer just trying to stay in your home.
Low-cost, commercially available technology and apps have the power to help you, your children, and your parents gain independence. When used effectively, apps can serve as communication devices, help you complete everyday tasks, and remind you to take your medication.
This panel will examine and demonstrate how apps and mobile devices can be used to support independence by focusing on the individual’s skills, abilities, and interests.

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avatar for Stephen Ewell

Stephen Ewell

Exec Dir, CEA Foundation
Steve Ewell is the executive director of the CEA Foundation, a charitable foundation with the mission of linking seniors and people with disabilities with technology that can enhance their lives. He joined the CEA Foundation in January 2012 and is the first person to hold this po... Read More →
avatar for Betsy Furler

Betsy Furler

Training & Therapy Coord, BridgingApps
Betsy is a speech pathologist and autism consultant with 22 years of experience in a variety of settings. She graduated from Austin College with a BA in Psychology and Sociology and from the University of Texas at Dallas with a MS in Communication Disorders. She also holds a Texas... Read More →
avatar for Cristy Gamez-Galka

Cristy Gamez-Galka

Psychologist, Easter Seals Greater Houston
Cristy Gamez-Galka joined Easter Seals to promote their mission of recovery by providing skills and supports to assist people of various abilities to enjoy their lives in the communities of their choice. Cristy graduated from the University of Houston with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology... Read More →
avatar for Amy Wheeler

Amy Wheeler

Outpatient Specialist & Occupational Therapist, Michael E Debakey Va Medical Center


Tuesday March 17, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Room 10AB Austin Convention Center

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