By Ian Bush
HADDONFIELD, N.J. (CBS) – For some, it’s a tool to catch up on the news or play games. For others, tablet computers like the iPad are a lifeline — helping them live independently and communicate. A South Jersey non-profit is offering a series of hands-on workshops over the next few months to highlight assistive technology.
Mobile devices are giving new opportunities to those with conditions from autism to brain injury. The hands-on seminars at Bancroft’s campus on Kings Highway in Haddonfield are geared toward family members and caregivers of the disabled, but they’re open to all.
“The people we support here at Bancroft have varying abilities,” says Beth Greer, an assistive technology specialist at the non-profit. “We’ve been able to look at a multitude of different apps to meet the needs of these individuals.”
On March 14th and 28th, they’ll focus on mobile apps that assist with academics.
“In the month of April, we’re focusing on augmentative and alternative communication apps,” Greer says. Such programs give a voice to those who have serious speech and language disorders.
Workshops in May involve programs that help with independent living.
“These might be scheduling apps or apps to make your shopping list,” Greer says. “In June are the apps for people with brain injury — children and adults. Helping to make lists, schedules, and keep track of medication.”
You’re asked to bring your own device if you have one.
“We’re really fortunate to be living in this time to see the changes that are happening in technology and how they’re benefiting people with disabilities,” Greer says.
For more information, go to www.bancroft.org or call Sherri Reid at (856) 524-7020.