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The New Jersey Self-Advocacy Project


12/8/20: Did You Know Your iPhone/iPad Can Do That?! Using iPhones/iPads to Promote Independence

Technology has become more and more integrated into our daily lives. Since there are so many technology tools, apps, and built-in accessibility features, it can be overwhelming to determine what may help a person with a disability. This workshop will demonstrate tools on iPads and iPhones, many of which are free or low cost, that can support people who have difficulty with reading and writing tasks, memory, and multi-step tasks. Participants will learn how incorporating these tools can help people with disabilities increase their independence.

This webinar will be presented by Kristen Russell from Advancing Opportunities. Kristen has a degree in Occupational Therapy and is currently a New Jersey licensed and NBCOT certified occupational therapist. After working in traditional occupational therapy roles at the beginning of her career, she found a passion for assistive technology and focused in this specialty area. In 2006, she became certified by RESNA as an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP), a credential she continues to hold. She has provided assistive technology services as an Assistive Technology Specialist at Advancing Opportunities for 14 years and counting. In this role, she has provided assistive technology evaluations and trainings to individuals with disabilities of all ages to help improve their independence and success at school, work, and home. She works with a variety of agencies including the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, NJ school districts, NJ Traumatic Brain Injury Fund, and NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities. For more information, you can visit: