As many of you know, I have a twelve year old son with autism. I can definitely say that much of his progress is due to advances in technology and his education. Our son has an iPod and he absolutely loves playing on it! It has aided in his increased language skills and other general learning. What you may know, is that one in 88 children is on the autism spectrum, and the prevalence is steadily increasing. Autism is becoming part of every parents life, whether directly or through a friend or family member.
AT&T and Autism Speaks are hosting an app idea submission contest to crowdsource the most empowering and helpful app ideas from the people who know autism best, the autism community. In recent years, studies and parent testimonials have illuminated the benefits of touchscreen tablets and mobile devices for both children and adults on the autism spectrum.
Autism Speaks Facebook fans and community members can submit ideas for apps that make life with autism better organized, more social or just plain easier or more fun, through Jan. 21 – Feb. 3. App idea submissions will focus on four categories: verbal, non-verbal, school-age (K-12) and adult. Judges will select 10 finalists in each category and Feb. 11-17 the community will vote on the ideas that they like best—these are truly ideas for the community, from the community, voted on by the community.
The authors of the three app ideas with the most votes in each category will receive a free wifi-enabled, waterproof Pantech Element Tablet from AT&T—the “Tablet Built for Real Life.” Further, these winning app ideas – 12 in all – will have a real chance to change lives: they’ll serve as the basis of an AT&T-Autism Speaks Mobile App Hackathon in Palo Alto on April 12-13.
To learn more and submit an entry, go HERE.
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Natalie Wright is a contributing writer at Organized Mom and Tech4Moms. You can also find her DIY blog online at natalme.com.