Online resources, apps for Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month — some are also calling it Autism Acceptance Month, which I like, too.

In honor of World Autism Awareness Day, which was yesterday, Mashable.com put together a great round-up of tech resources for the autism community.

Here are some of my favorite online resources and apps that I first learned about from this list:

AutismCollege.com

Autism College isn’t a real college, but it is an online destination where parents and educators of children with autism can take online courses to learn more about the disorder. Chantal Sicile-Kira, who’s son has autism spectrum disorder and graduated from college, started the Autism College blog, where people can get information and advice about Autism.

verbally

Screen shot of iPad app Verbally

The Thinking Person’s Guide to Austim

“The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism” is more than just a well-curated blog. It has truly carved out a place where people with autism, professionals and parents can come together to share experiences and information. The website accepts submissions and appears to be updated regularly, and the Facebook page is an active destination for

Verbally
Free for iPad

Verbally is a free Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) app for iPad. Just type the words you want to say into the iPad app, and it will speak for you. There is a $99 upgrade option within the app that will add more words, voices and other bells and whistles to the app.

Social Skills
$3.99 for iOs

This app is a great way to help individuals improve their social abilities. Take an individual through any of the app’s six social narratives like taking turns and structured game play. You can also customize the narratives by adjusting the photos, text and audio.

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4 Comments to “Online resources, apps for Autism Awareness Month”

    Aly said:
    April 3, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    I would think some one speaking for Autism would know about person first language, and about addressing those with disabilities as just that, people WITH a disability, not 'istic' (i.e Autistic). It's been a more recent opinion to stay away from a label type of word like this, and rather address the person first, and the disability that they have second. For examples, each time the words 'autistic people' are said, she should instead say 'people/individuals with Autism." I was quite shocked by her overuse of the word Autistic in her presentation, bothered by it even.

      Esther said:
      April 8, 2013 at 12:52 AM

      I am the mom of an autistic child. He is my pride and joy & I have to resist the temptation to make him my identity – just like any mom.
      As proud as I am of him, I prefer he be called "Autistic", in the sense of it being a kind of personality (like someone else being called 'Artistic'), rather than attach a 'condition'/ disability to his identity. He's a boy, rather than a "boy with autism". 'Autistic' or "He has autism" are both descriptions of him I easily give at appropriate moments.
      Neither does he nor does anyone around him need to feel uncomfy about calling him "Autistic" so long as they're treating the word with the innocent simplicity of children.
      I gently suggest that those who labor for new phrases & considerate language continue in that loving effort, but also take a step back every now and then to ensure that their own attitude's still on the right track. (Saying this b'coz i personally know that it's quite easy to accept a tense attitude about controversial stuff, without realizing it, in the turmoil of passions).
      Sincere best wishes & thanks for your thought! Hope this helps give you one perspective from one Autistic-Kid-Mom (or Mom Of Kid With Autism) :D

        Esther said:
        April 8, 2013 at 1:00 AM

        Oh dear – looks like certain letter-sequences get coded. Anyway, the word with the stars was simply another word for 'Emotions'.
        - Esther

    KAO said:
    April 4, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Not necessarily true, Aly. Some "people with Autism" prefer to be called "autistic" and even take pride in that label. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autistic_Pride_Day

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