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:
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.
“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
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.
$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.