Archive for July, 2011

iPad Games Help People with Autism and Cerebral Palsy

July 28th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on iPad Games Help People with Autism and Cerebral Palsy

A piece in the Wall Street Journal yesterday discussed the use of multitouch technology — such as that used in iPads, smartphones, and tablet devices — are being investigated as therapy for people living with cerebral palsy and autism spectrum disorders. Researchers from three North American universities are developing therapeutic applications for these devices, branching […]

“Digital Outcasts” now on Facebook and Twitter

July 24th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on “Digital Outcasts” now on Facebook and Twitter

Working on a book is like flinging a pot of cooked spaghetti into the air, then trying to catch a single portion with a pair of chopsticks. There is always an excess of ideas, and the trick is in developing a process that filters all this content into a cogent offering. Then there is the […]

Communication Apps for Children with Autism

July 24th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Communication Apps for Children with Autism

The fine folks at Enabled have compiled a list of communication apps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Among those listed are apps previously mentioned in this space (such as ProLoQuo2Go), plus a few new entries. Nice to see Dragon Dictation evolve to a newly emerging use case; I personally have used this desktop […]

Gamers with Disabilities Battling for Recognition

July 17th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Gamers with Disabilities Battling for Recognition

An article in Wired’s GameLife section details the struggle that players are having in bringing accessibility to video games. This isn’t merely an issue of accommodating users with a physical disability, such as Chuck Bittner (pictured), who has quadriplegia and can only reach certain buttons on standard Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 controllers. The challenge […]

Typeface for Dyslexic Readers

July 17th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Typeface for Dyslexic Readers

Dyslexie is a typeface developed by Studio Studio to help dyslexic readers better identify and “ground” letter shapes. It’s based on the notion that of the 26 letters in the standard Latin-based alphabet, as used in English, many of the letters look similar. For example, such letters as v/w, i/j and m/n confuse people with […]

Children’s Book on iPad Teaches Tolerance

July 17th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Children’s Book on iPad Teaches Tolerance

Raghava KK is the artist and author of Pop It, a new children’s book for iPad intended to teach open mindedness to toddlers. According to Mashable, the book/app delivers a message that adapts to multiple character and plot contexts. For example, characters in the book can be changed upon shaking the device to reflect different […]

Use of the iPad for Autism and Blindness

July 2nd, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Use of the iPad for Autism and Blindness

A story in this week’s Herald Sun from Melbourne, Australia described a young girl with a vision disorder who has used the Apple touch-screen tablet to improve her reading. Where Holly Bligh once used a heavy magnifying glass, she is now able to zoom and swipe to read classroom materials. Holly lives with albino nystagmus, […]