ATC’s management, consultative board, and development team have a direct, vested interest in improving the world of augmentative and alternative communication. We are parents of special needs children, career educators, or practitioners in the AAC field—and we want to leverage modern technology and clinical research to build bridges within families and between people.

Founders

Founder Brenda Jensen
Brenda Jensen

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Albert Fernandez

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Genevieve Jensen

Brenda, her daughter Genevieve, and Albert are cousins who grew up within a close family, originally from Tampa, Florida.

Trained and experienced educators, Brenda and Albert share a deep commitment to helping others through the power of education, especially to those most in need.

Bridges App and its parent company, Assistive Communications Technologies, arose out of a conversation in 2014 during a family beach vacation.  Frustrated with the Assistive/Augmentative Communications (AAC) market’s inability to help Brenda’s daughter Genevieve communicate her emotions, they began to work with speech and language experts to break through the limitations of that stable-but-static market and create a device to help the millions of speech-challenged people like her to produce complex, age-appropriate statements—or in Genevieve’s words, to help the world “Just Hear Me”

Bridges App is the ongoing result of that conversation. Brenda, Genevieve, and Albert thank you for visiting our site and for being a part of our journey. We look forward to your comments, thoughts, and support in our shared vision for assisted speech formulation.

Brenda Jensen, M. Ed.

  • FSN Coordinator, Montgomery County Infants and Toddlers Program, Rockville, MD
    • coordinated programs for children with special needs by matching each child with appropriate school, community, and private resources.
  • Former Director of ESOL Lemon Grove/San Diego CA School District
  • Educational Consultant
    • Programming for children with special needs by matching school, community, and private resources
    • Individual Education Plans (IEP)
    • ADHD and Sensory Integration issues
  • Elementary School Principal, teacher
  • M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Supervision, UC Boulder, Colorado, 1978
  • BA Spanish USF, Tampa FL 1972

I have always used a whole family approach to find programs and personnel best suited to address the special needs of each child.

Albert Fernandez

  • Teaching Certificate, State of Florida, Secondary Social Studies and Secondary English Language Arts, Florida Endorsement for English Education for Speakers of Other Languages
  • Over 20 years’ experience in secondary and post-secondary education, with a specialty in language acquisition for non-English speakers
  • US Coast Guard veteran, Navigation and Maritime Law Enforcement, 1981-1987
  • MA Secondary Social Studies Education, 1995, USF Tampa, FL
  • BA in US and South American History, Washington and Lee Univ., Lexington, VA 1980

I envision a world where all people are celebrated for their unique gifts, where all share their hopes and dreams with confidence and pride.


Development Team

David Pritchard

David Prichard, ACT Project ManagerProject Manager. David did his Master’s work on the emotional impediments to language formulation. He is a professional English Language Arts Educator with almost 20 years’ experience at the high school level. MS in English Language Arts, USF Tampa FL.

Jane Lutken

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Jane Lutken, Linguistics Specialist

Linguistics Consultant. Johns Hopkins University: PhD student of Cognitive Science (in progress). MA Linguistics and Language Acquisition, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, 2013. BA in English Literature, Whitman College, 2010. Jane has extensive experience with student and adult at-risk populations, tutoring students with Autism and as a Girl Scout Program Director. In the past, she has been an English Teaching Assistant in Dunkirk, France, and a Whitman College “Writing Fellow” where she worked with college students there. She taught elementary school English in Nantes, France as an intern through a study abroad program during college. Jane is a Fulbright Recommended Scholar to the English Teaching Assistantship Program in France (one of 55 students nation-wide).

Walter Flaschka

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Walter Flaschka, Technology

Walter is a data analyst, software architect, and technology wayfinder. Since 1994, Walter has assisted with several Internet start-ups and consulted for fortune 500 companies, providing Internet security, database design, and e-commerce development services and guidance. Prior to joining ACT, Walter supported the computer and software analysis demands of the Center for Intelligence & Security Studies. While at the University of Mississippi, he taught classes on terrorism, intelligence analysis, policing, and big data analysis. Walter’s interests include natural language generation, semantic analysis, data visualization, social media intelligence analysis, and crime informatics. Walter holds a Masters in Intelligence Analysis from Michigan State University.

See ACT’s Consultative Board.