There is an app for that?

By: Kelly Elton

Yes, there are so many wonderful apps that can be used to support a youth transitioning from high school to adult life. But first, assessments are the key to identifying what the need is, who is responsible for data, how it will be implementation and the cost.

First in looking at assessments, what is the goal? The WAITI Assistive Technology Assessment is a systematic approach for functional evaluation of the student’s need for technology. When implementing technology, I use the SAMR model developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura.

The SAMR Model, is an acronym that stands for Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition. It is the framework for identifying what the technology is expected to do for the individual user.

What apps can help a student transition? There are many and each implementation of an app needs to be individualized for each user. The notations of what apps are available is not an endorsement. Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities showcases one individual’s use of Amazon Echo, By downloading the matching Alexa app, all of your lists and reminders can be added to your phone. The Ring doorbell, Video Doorbell allows a person to identify who is at the door without approaching the door. The Knox County Board of Developmental Disabilities created a video to demonstrate how young adults can use Ring Doorbell in their home to gain independence, There are many great apps that have a universal design which enables us to individualize it for a particular person’s desires.