Good morning Autism Community! I wanted to let you all know about a great website and podcast from the Easter Seals Crossroads in Indiana all about assistive technology. Their podcast is called Assistive Technology Update and they feature a plethora of wonderful information about current advances in the assistive technology world to support individuals with disabilities. You can also check out their blog. Autism Community was mentioned in episode #50 of their podcast. We thank our friends at Easter Seals Crossroads for mentioning our article about using augmentative communication systems for children with autism.
Assistive technology is defined on AccessIT as “technology used by individuals with disabilities in order to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible. Assistive technology can include mobility devices such as walkers and wheelchairs, as well as hardware, software, and peripherals that assist people with disabilities in accessing computers or other information technologies. For example, people with limited hand function may use a keyboard with large keys or a special mouse to operate a computer, people who are blind may use software that reads text on the screen in a computer-generated voice, people with low vision may use software that enlarges screen content, people who are deaf may use a TTY (text telephone), or people with speech impairments may use a device that speaks out loud as they enter text via a keyboard.”