Creating Apps to Empower Children and Adults with Disabilities
What is Pebro Productions?
Pebro Productions is a company dedicated to creating apps to help remove barriers and increase independence in the life of some individuals with disabilities.
Who is the producer of Pebro Productions?
Phyllis E. Brodsky has worked in the field of special education for the past 25 years where she has worked as a teacher and a teacher training/consultant in severe and multiple disabilities including deaf/blindness and autism. Her passion has always been the use of technology to open the doors of opportunity for people with disabilities.
How did Pebro Productions come about?
In 1987, Phyllis Brodsky was just 2 years into her teaching career as a special education teacher and was serving children from birth to 5 years old who had intellectual, physical, and multiple disabilities.
That year, Preston Lewis wrote an article, “A Case for Teaching Functional Skills” for the TASH newsletter, a publication for an international association of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates, and professionals fighting for a society in which the inclusion of all people in all aspects of society is the norm.
In his article, Mr. Preston made a clear case against the developmental model previously being implemented in the education of children with severe disabilities and supported the best practice of teaching skills that are relevant and meaningful to each student according to their chronological age.
At that same time, Phyllis was introduced to her first computer, the Apple IIe, along with one of the first switch accessible software, Stickybear Math. She witnessed, first hand, the magic of technology as reflected in high levels of attention/engagement and accessibility not previously made available through traditional tools and techniques for children with physical and multiple disabilities.
Phyllis knew she was onto something. She turned her inspiration into an equation: Technology + relevant, age-appropriate instruction = full development as an active participant in life!
The Apple IIe has been replaced many times over with more and more brilliant technology from Apple. And Phyllis’s fight for each student’s right to be valued, educated, and to be a part of the world of their peers has never ceased. When the iPhone, iPod Touch, and ultimately the iPad was introduced to the world, she knew there were many needs to be fulfilled to increase individual’s levels of independence.
“I am thrilled to be a small part of a powerful and creative industry that supports people with a range of disabilities through iOS technology.”