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Building a Mobile App for Autism

App for children with autism

Apps for life and social skills

The University of Georgia has received $1.2 million in federal funds to develop a mobile application for people with autism and other developmental delays.

The app, to be called i-Skills, will help with daily routines and life tasks — Georgia researcher Kevin Ayres called it “a video cookbook for everyday tasks.” The grant will bring together parents, educators, students, and scientists to collaboratively build a program to help people with autism navigate everyday life.

How cool! The researchers say they will involve people with disabilities in all phases of the project. I’m so curious to see how it works — we have some hints, though.

The researchers say it will have videos to help people communicate and give them a boost with interpersonal skills. And the app will have information on community navigation, community involvement, leisure, safety, and employment.

The grant is from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences.

What do you think? If you know someone with a developmental delay, are there any apps they find helpful?

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