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Apps for Autism

Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder typically characterized by communication, social, and behavioral delays. The market for assistive technology that posits solutions for these challenges burgeons. With current CDC stats estimating that 1 in 88 people have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the potential for continued growth in this expanding market is real. Quality, interactive apps that facilitate communication and social interaction have a place in unlocking some of the challenges of ASD. Expert panelists will provide an overview of the need for assistive, instructional technology for people with ASD, existing apps commonly used for/by individuals with Autism, pluses and minuses, funding sources for assistive technology, what’s lacking (funding sources), what’s missing, and what’s next. Selection of assistive devices for a variety of special needs will be addressed.

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  1. What are some of the factors contributing Autism being on the rise?
  2. How do I determine which app I, my family member, friend, or student with ASD will benefit from?
  3. Do I need an IPad, or will other tablets run suffice?
  4. How can we get schools to increase implementation of these tools for special needs students in the classroom?
  5. What are some of the chief benefits of using apps as instructional devices vs. traditional learning supports?



Francisca Kennedy-Ellis, Director of Operations, Autism Society of Greater Austin

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