Apps, iPad Workshops, & HackingAutism.com

photo (c) 2010 Kelly Nicolaisen
I have a guest post up at SupportforSpecialNeeds.com, on iPads for kids with special needs in general, and a short list of great apps specifically. Here's how the post starts:
If you’re like me, you’re determined to find ways for your child with special needs to demonstrate what they know, better communicate what they want, and feel like the cool kid you already know they are. The iPad may not be the perfect match for every one of our kids, but for those kids it does suit, the results — the learning, the leisure, the independence — can surprise everyone in their lives, including parents. Including teachers. Including themselves.
Read the rest at SupportForSpecialNeeds.com.


If you live in the New York City area and would like to talk about all things iPad while helping to support a great Brooklyn school for kids with autism, please come to my June 5th iPads & autism workshop in Soho. And if you can't come yourself, spreading the word is always appreciated.


Hewlett-Packard has started what looks to be a nifty new venture, HackingAutism.com. Check out their mission statement, which emphasizes several of my favorite points about what iPads and iPad-like interfaces mean for kids like Leo:
When touch-enabled computing was introduced to the world, no one could have anticipated that this technology might help open up a new world of communication, learning and social possibilities for autistic children. Yet it has.

Hacking Autism doesn't seek to cure autism, but rather it aims to facilitate and accelerate technology-based ideas to help give those with autism a voice.
And hey: They're looking for developers!

Can't wait to see where this project goes, really hoping it takes flight. We need more and better apps tailored to our kids' needs -- and we need to facilitate communication between the autism professionals who can provide great content, and the developers who can design excellent interfaces. TALK TO EACH OTHER PLEASE.

HP: counting on you to make it happen.

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