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Bancroft Offers Free Technology Workshops For Caregivers

Bancroft, a non-profit organization in south Jersey, is offering a series of free, 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 individuals with disabilities, 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.”

Participants are asked to bring their own device, if available.

“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.

Below is the schedule of workshops:
Workshop 1: iPad Basics
February 15, from 12 to 2 pm
February 22, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
In this session, you will learn the basic features and functions of the iPad, including acquisition and evaluation of apps, navigation, safety and care, settings within the iPad, accessibility features and resources.

Workshop 2: Apps that Support Academics
March 14, from 12 to 2 pm
March 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
In this session, you will gain an understanding of iPad apps that support such curriculum areas as reading, spelling, writing, math, fine motor skills, and productivity. The workshop will cover functional, early-education, elementary and secondary academics, including special apps for people with disabilities.

Workshop 3: Augmentative and Alternative Communication Apps
April 18, from 12 to 2 pm
April 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Participants will choose an app for augmentative and/or alternative communication, based on features and modify buttons.

Workshop 4: Apps that Support Functional Independence
May 9, from 12 to 2 pm
May 23, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Participants will gain an understanding of iPad apps that address increasing functional independence such as task analysis, environmental signs, video modeling for life skills, text to speech, as well as apps that address behavior and productivity.

Workshop 5: Apps that Support Individuals with Brain Injury
June 13, from 12 to 2 pm
June 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Participants will gain an understanding of apps that address behavior, time management, directionality, task lists, memory supports, video modeling and relaxation.

For the entire article, see: Technology Workshops Help Caregivers

For more information about the workshops, go to www.bancroft.org or call Sherri Reid at (856) 524-7020.

 

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