Why am I walking? I am participating in Easter Seals’ Walk With Me because I want to spread hope and raise funds to help individuals and families living with all types of disabilities.
For 70 years Easter Seals Greater Houston has helped veterans adjust to civilian life with service dogs and mental health services, taught infants with developmental delays how to walk and talk, given children with cerebral palsy a sense of community through camps and play groups, mentored teens with autism so they can feel prepared and empowered to enter the workforce, and so much more! Easter Seals is an essential partner in providing help, hope and answers to our loved ones with disabilities.
With Hurricane Harvey’s historic flooding, Easter Seals clients need our support now more than ever. Please join me on this journey so Easter Seals can continue providing life-changing services to the 10,000+ children and adults served each year in the Greater Houston community.
In the past year, BridgingApps has given more than 70 presentations and trainings in Houston and around the country. Our website 34,000 users from 187 countries, 7,000 monthly visitors, a podcast segment, an online course, a regular column in a digital magazine, and 3,100 apps in our database. We are excited to explore new ways in which mobile technology can assist young adults with special health care needs, older adults, and seniors through collaborative projects with Texas Children’s Hospital, TIRR Memorial Hermann, UnitedHealthcare, and others. The BridgingApps App Search Tool allows users to access app reviews conducted by therapists and special education teachers and focuses on skill, rather than age or diagnosis. In 2017, the BridgingApps App Search Tool had users from 115 countries with 88,000 page views. The BridgingApps YouTube Channel has 91 videos with over 334,000+ views and 416,000+ minutes of watch time.
Currently the BridgingApps program has more than 50 devices loaned out to children and adults with disabilities in the Houston area that help with communication, educational skills and rehabilitation from injury and illness. Your support of this event helps purchase additional devices to assist those who need access to technology that changes lives.
Why do I need your support? According to the U.S. census bureau, 1 in 5 Americans is living with a disability. These are our family members, neighbors, coworkers, and friends. Join me as I walk alongside Easter Seals clients, therapists, donors and thousands of others at Walk With Me. What a huge difference you will make in the life of a person with a disability – an investment with overwhelming returns!
Easter Seals Greater Houston is a fiscally responsible organization, and one of the most efficient charities in Texas, with $0.92 of every dollar going to direct client services in Houston.