2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Modern Swiss Army Knife: Apps for Independence

Tuesday, March 17
3:30PM - 4:30PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 10AB
Austin Convention Center


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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Amy Wheeler

Outpatient Specialist & Occupational Therapist

Michael E Debakey Va Medical Center

Betsy Furler

Training & Therapy Coord


Betsy Furler is a speech pathologist and expert in using mobile devices with children and adults with special needs. She graduated from Austin College in Sherman, Tx with a BA in Psychology and So...

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Cristy Gamez-Galka


Easter Seals Greater Houston

Cristy 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. Crist...

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Stephen Ewell

Exec Dir

CEA Foundation

Stephen Ewell is the executive director of the CEA Foundation, a charitable foundation affiliated with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) with the mission of linking seniors and people with...

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