Way back in December 2016, Brenda and I took our Bridges App on the road for our first of several road shows. We went to Baltimore to meet with members of Johns Hopkins Medical Center-affiliated Kennedy Krieger Institute's Neuro-Behavioral Unit. I like to tell people that we left Tampa way back then with little more … Continue reading Kennedy Krieger Focus Group Version 2
An inspirational journey from one of my educational heroes (and son!) Read on for a reminder of how lonely it can feel sometimes in the classroom, and ways we can ultimately remember why we do what we do.
Sometimes I question my grand experiment, that is, the whole story behind this blog. I know others out there can feel a lack of confidence bred by the daily grind of school life, the inability to step outside of our own routines and see through new eyes. Sometimes I want to just go back to how it used to be – books, worksheets, quizzes; surely that would make daily life easier. No more running around, no more loud kids to settle, no more thinking on my feet to adapt to whatever the kids decide they want in the story. It would be easy-street.
TL;DR – I stopped my current 4 year long experiment to conduct another experiment: Going back to the book…It wasn’t what I was expecting.
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Greetings to all. It has been too long since you've heard from this blog (almost 100 days; so says Facebook!). Don’t think Bridges App hasn’t been on our minds, though. I’m just back from yet another frenetic and exciting weekend with Brenda in Charleston, SC, where we’ve begun an exciting new direction in our development … Continue reading Bridges to be Downloadable Soon!
We’ve been very busy!! In between a hurricane, juggling families and friends, and working our “day jobs,” Assistive Communications Technologies is continuing to attract national attention! As you read recently, we are already collaborating with members of the University of South Florida, Tampa’s College of Community and Behavioral Sciences to test the efficacy of our … Continue reading Brenda Jensen Named Entrepreneurial Lead in Prestigious National Science Foundation Study
Assistive Communications Technologies is excited to welcome three new members to the Bridges/ACT development team. We recently entered into academic collaboration with two professors of the Department of Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida, Dr. Kimberly Crosland, Ph.D., BCBA-D, and Dr. Catia Cividini-Motta, Ph.D., BCBA-D. Both are Board Certified Behavior Analysts with … Continue reading A Warm Welcome to Our Newest Collaborators from USF College of Behavioral and Community Sciences
Greetings! If you know of Brenda and my work over the past 3 years, you know that we have been working toward the goal of the first-ever feeling-based language formulating app that will help people suffering from speech-related disabilities share their innermost needs and concerns. Thanks to our dear friend and colleague, ASHA Fellow Dr. … Continue reading Nearing an Important Goal
If you've been following us, you know that our journey is a personal and sometimes very difficult one. I hope you are as moved by this poem The Hall of Souls gave a collective flutter. Down through the cloudy mist To the rain forest below She descended. Halting, cocking her head The screaming of monkeys, … Continue reading The Sparrow’s Song, Part 2
"Be the change you wish to see in the world." So said Ghandi. And we are so thankful to the 28 donors so far and the many hundreds of followers and supporters who have gotten us on the road to a working user interface that will help us bring emotional speech to millions. Success is … Continue reading Plea From a Person With A Communication Disorder: Just Hear Me
If you've been following, you know that Brenda and I started a fundraising campaign 2 weeks ago to aid in our goal to make emotional communication possible for the millions of people trapped intellectually inside their minds, at http://www.gofundme.com/bridges-app. Focusing primarily on adolescents with autism, Bridges App is easily adaptable to others with neurologically-based impediments … Continue reading Fundraiser Update #1
Last weekend I got to attend my first-ever conference with Assistive Technologies Institute of America, in Orlando (not far from home in Tampa!) While I didn't attend any educational sessions, I was able to take a leisurely stroll through the expo hall to see what appeared to be the cutting edge in assistive communication today. I … Continue reading First Big App Question Answered!