At Easter Seals of Greater Houston, they’re well aware of how touch-enabled technology, such as smartphones and tablets, along with proper training can significantly impact the lives of people with disabilities.
Bridging Apps, a program of Easter Seals of Greater Houston, provides access to educational and therapeutic tools to help parents, teachers, and therapists effectively use mobile devices to help children and adults with disabilities reach their highest levels of physical and cognitive development. The organization hosts monthly in-person meetings but wanted to serve an even broader audience. This was the goal when Bridging Apps connected with Udemy to offer a free online course describing the options available for preparing and protecting mobile devices.
Answering a clear need
When people can’t attend in-person events, they come to the BridgingApps website for answers, but responding to individual queries takes a lot of time. The BridgingApps staff was already familiar with Udemy because a cofounder (now working on other projects) published two courses as an instructor in 2013. They researched other options but chose Udemy because “it seemed like the most user-friendly,” according to Cristen Reat, co-founder and program coordinator of BridgingApps. “Also, the fact that Udemy offers apps on both iOS and Android platforms as well as web-based access is great. Captioning is also important to our users, so to be able to tag our course as captioned was critical.”