iPads and Autism – Innovation in Communication
December 06, 2012
In September 2011, TACA was approached by a long time family member who had a teen with autism who had uttered his first words just a short time after having obtained his iPad. He was 16 years old when his family first heard his voice.
After this remarkable experience, they were motivated to share their success story with other families living with autism. They worked diligently to help create a fund for TACA to author a study that would look into this technology to help some families that had children with autism who needed to find their words.
TACA was able to provide a video of this study to demonstrate the wonderful outcomes for the families.
TOOLS FOR FAMILIES
TACA’s objective was to also share this valuable information so families could learn in more detail about the tools, software and services needed so many other children/individuals could benefit as well.
We know that funding for families to obtain this technology can be an issue. TACA has a resource for families to review.
How to get an iPad funded:
- TACA has listed resources that provide technology grants for families living with autism: https://tacanow.org/family-resources/how-to-get-an-ipad-funded/
Paraprofessionals – for more information from the study collaborators, Autism Spectrum Consultants, please click here.
Please note: The final iPad & autism study is pending. We will share that information as soon as it is available.
TACA wants to thank the following supporters who contributed to this effort:
|–||The Carney Family for the inspiration and support|
|–||Orange County Community Foundation|
|–||Autism Spectrum Consultants|
|–||The families and their children for allowing us to share their stories. We are honored to help and to have a view into your world.|
WAYS TO HELP TACA & FAMILIES LIVING WITH AUTISM
Friends inspired by the TACA stories in this video can help serve our mission and the families we support. It is our goal to replicate this study to provide scholarships for communication devices that will help more families living with autism.
If you would like to help, we have provided 3 ways where you can make a difference: