• Apple profiles iPad apps for World Autism Acceptance Day

    With the announcement and release of the new 9.7 inch iPad Pro, Apple presented a video of a young man named Dillan who is both autistic and non-verbal, who was able to begin expressively communicating via apps on his iPad.

    Apple's Appstore is now featuring more of Dillan's story and a range of apps developed for autistic people.

    Apple has implemented a featured page on its website recognizing Autism Acceptance Month. The site includes a link to ResearchKit studies and autism related apps, iBooks and Podcasts which all can be found in the AppStore.

    Apple points out that that CDC notes that 1 in 68 U.S. children are affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD). iPad in particular has generated positive feedback from parents, therapists and Autistic children and adults themselves as being a breakthrough communication tool, as featured in the "Dillan's Path" video below.

    Apple's "Voices of Autism" collection of apps in the App Store includes Proloquo4Text, a text‑based AAC (Augmentative Alternative Communication) app demonstrated by Dillan in the video.

    The application 'Proloquo4Text' presents a customizable single screen layout to enable non-verbal people to join a conversation using free, natural-sounding voices in 18 languages, with word and sentence prediction, social media sharing and more.

    The app works on iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Apple Watch, and is currently featuring a 50 percent discount over the weekend from Saturday, April 2 to Monday, April 4.

    'Assistive Express' which is also another app, is also designed to allow users to express themselves in natural sounding voices in the most simple and efficient manner. It uses word prediction to minimize keystrokes and features a favorites list to quickly access often-used phrases.

    The app works on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

    [via Apple]
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple profiles iPad apps for World Autism Acceptance Day started by Caiden Spencer View original post
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