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April 2, 2015 Is World Autism Awareness day-How technology is helping bring awareness. By Reshma Hyder

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Today marks the eighth autism awareness day around the world. We like how technology, especially use of social networks and connected communities are helping bring needed awareness about Autism. We recommend everyone to share information on autism today and join a local event to help raise needed funds or awareness on autism.

 

There is a very useful hashtag #LIUB created to help with the awareness, and experience across social media.

To find a major global landmark that is lit up today in honor of autism, please check out this link:

 Global landmarks will light up blue in 2015. 

 

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On April 2nd, 2015, the Oriental Pearl Tower, one of the most distinct landmarks in China, will go blue in honor of World Autism Awareness Day!

 

 

 

Learn a few facts on autism today:

Few Facts to know…

  • Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys
  • Autism prevalence figures are growing
  • Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disorder in the U.S.
  • Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average
  • Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism
  • AUTISM affects families all around the globe.

Around the World links

Technology is helping ease communication between autistic children, their families and the world around them. Watch a very effective video by Common Sense Media www.commonsensemedia.org  with tips on how to find the right technology for children with learning challenges:

https://d1pmarobgdhgjx.cloudfront.net/parenttip/PT_Learning_Difficulties_rebrand_2014.mp4    

 

Here are few links to apps, networks and tech resources:

 

  • 6 Amazing Apps for World Autism Awareness Day

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/6-amazing-apps-for-world-autism-awareness-day?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=organic&utm_content=autismawarenessday&utm_campaign=recommendations

 

  • Digital-Media Tips for Parents of Socially Challenged Kids

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/digital-media-tips-for-parents-of-socially-challenged-kids

 

  • Learning Tools: Teamwork and Making Friends

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/learning-tools-teamwork-and-making-friends

 

Here are a few apps we found at autism speaks site and more resources online. They are in alphabetical order and may be free or at listed price. Some of them have more features and may require various platforms depending on the device they could be downloaded onto and may not even install on every device. We recommend you use the tips video to find the most suitable to your needs and that help build better communications:

Able AAC Free

Able Jr AAC

Bag Game

ICME: Inner Contextual Mindful Emotions

IF… The Emotional IQ Game

Image It – Breaking the Language Barrier

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innerVoice

Meet Heckerty

Proloquo2Go: AAC In Your Pocket

ProxTalker App

Quick Talk AAC

Samba

Speech Magnet Text to Speech

SpeechBox

SpeechHero AAC

Tapgram

Tellagami

The Fat Finger Email Program

Training Faces Espanol

VAST Autism 1

Wait4it

Words in Pictures

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At MiFam, our goal is always to help families build better communications between immediate family members using technology in a very effective way.  The information we share in this article is not an endorsement, referral or recommendation of any specific product. It does not replace medical professional diagnoses and advice of medical, legal, or educational experts. MiFam is not responsible for any information shared by third party links to this articles. Please use independent judgement and professional consultation to acquire knowledge to implement any of the recommendations. We strive to share available knowledge about innovation in technology geared toward the digital natives. Privacy and security of minors online is of utmost concern to us. We’d love to hear your feedback about what we do and how we can help better our Tech-Knowledgy News so feel free to leave a comment or email us at info@mifam.co.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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