Leo’s Letter: Apps and Autism

2018-04-12 | The Arc of Massachusetts

It’s Autism Awareness Month, and today, Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts (AFAM) is hosting its annual Awareness and Acceptance Day at the State House. Progress has been made, but we can’t stop working toward achieving equal civil rights and opportunities for individuals with autism and other disabilities.

For more than a decade, I’ve been impressed with the website of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, which includes all types of assistive technology resources.

This site connects you beyond their own resources to other sites which include tools for daily living, smart home technology, tools for IEP, and more.

Users are first given a short explanation on the Temple website and then are given links to external websites for the particular resource. It’s a great website for people with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and other disabilities.

Autism Apps allows you to view a list of all the apps for autism available in the App Store in a cursory way. There are many other similar resources available on the web.

This week, we posted a short video about a sister whose connection to her brother with autism led her to develop tools for daily living. This innovative app, MagnusCards, has now been sponsored by Colgate in order to promote improvements in dental health for individuals with autism. Enjoy meeting Nadia and her brother, Troy.

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Leo V. Sarkissian
Executive Director

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