PRCIL's Newsletter

“I’m officially disabled, but I’m truly enabled because of my lack of limbs. My unique challenges have opened up unique opportunities to reach so many in need.” –Nick Vujicic

College options for people with intellectual disability

What is Think College?

Think College is a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disabilities. With a commitment to equity and excellence, Think College supports evidence-based and student-centered research and practice by generating and sharing knowledge, guiding institutional change, informing public policy, and engaging with students, professionals and families.

A.P.R.I.L.

Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living

At a Glance

The Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) is a national grassroots, nonprofit membership organization consisting of over 260 members from Centers for Independent Living, their satellites and branch offices, Statewide Independent Living Councils, Youth Leadership Forums, and other organizations and individuals concerned with the independent living issues of people with disabilities living in rural America.   APRIL was founded in 1986 by twelve directors of rural CILs at a meeting in Houston, Texas.  In 1994, APRIL attained its 501(C)(3) status and hired a national coordinator.

As a national membership organization, APRIL is dedicated to advancing the rights and responsibilities of people with disabilities in rural America by serving as a center of resources and by leading systems change. This is achieved through training and technical assistance programs including: a national conference and youth conference, peer mentoring programs, information and referral, IL conversation teleconference series, Youth Talk teleconference and Facebook chat series, Growing Leadership and Succession Planning work-group, knowledge translation advising, and dissemination through a list serv and social media. We also achieve our mission with our advocacy and collaboration including: leadership opportunities for youth with disabilities, rural advocacy work groups and initiatives, and partnerships and work plans with national Research and Training Centers, AgrAbility, and other allied national organizations.

Taylor's STORY

BETTER DIET, BETTER MENTAL HEALTH

Bridging the gap between technology and people with disabilities

BridgingApps is a program of Easter Seals Greater Houston that provides access to educational and therapeutic tools—anywhere, anytime—allowing parents, teachers, and therapists to effectively use mobile devices and apps to target and improve individual skill development to help children and adults with disabilities reach their highest levels of physical and cognitive development.

 

Purpose

The available research and the success stories we have captured reflect the potential power of using touch-based technology and proper training to significantly impact the lives of people with disabilities. These devices can also provide accessibility for people who may have been previously disengaged from the world as a result of challenging language, motor, or other developmental delays. BridgingApps is a community of parents, teachers, therapists, and doctors who share information on how they are using touch-based, mobile devices such as the iPad®, iPhone®, iPod Touch® and Android® devices and apps with people who have special needs. We created this community to discuss technology in respectful, creative ways focusing on people who have disabilities.

Given the rising number of apps on the market and the diverse skills of children and adults with special needs, our goal is to provide caregivers and professionals with the best resources for choosing apps to enhance everyday life for people with disabilities and sharing their successes with others. In collaboration with speech language pathologists and occupational therapists, we have created an app review system that focuses on skills—rather than age, diagnosis or developmental level to help improve outcomes for a person with a disability.

Origins

BridgingApps was created by parents and therapists who began using the iPad with children who have special needs. Sami Rahman sought to help his 2 year old son with Cerebral Palsy communicate. Cristen Reat was looking for a computer mouse her 6 year old son with Down syndrome could control. After a few months of using the iPad with their children, both parents observed amazing gains in speech, fine motor skills and realized the power of this device as a motivation for learning. They began to meet regularly to compare notes on their favorite apps. The first meeting evolved into a website to share information with others. In addition to the website, BridgingApps hosts local meetings for parents, therapists and teachers working with people of all ages and abilities.

Cristen Reat and her son Vincent

BridgingApps is a proud part of

Sami Rahman and his son Noah 

ABOUT GOBUS

GoBus is a rural, demand response public transit system in East Texas.  

GoBus has about 30 vehicles on the road making between 500 and 800 trips a day, 5 days a week in our 10,000 square mile fourteen county region.  

 

The district includes Anderson, Camp, Cherokee, Harrison, Henderson, Marion, Panola, Rains, Rusk, Upshur, Van Zandt, Wood and the non-urbanized areas of Gregg and Smith Counties. Rides are scheduled up to one week in advance and require at least a 24 hour notice.

You can Get on the Go by calling 800-590-3371.

OPENING HOURS

MONDAY - THURSDAY

7:30 am - 5:30 pm

ADDRESS

421 AVENUE A

PALESTINE, TEXAS 75801

PHONE  903-729-7505

TOLL FREE 888-326-5166

FAX  903-729-7540

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