Do a Google search on “iPad” and “autism” and you get over 19 million hits. Apparently, word is getting out that technology can open doors to communication for people with disabilities. Touch devices (like the iPod Touch and iPad) are making a big difference in the lives of children and adults with special needs – especially those who may be nonverbal. These devices are easy to interface with, intuitive, provide quick, easy-to-understand responses, and can be used across a wide spectrum of disabilities.
Think Helen Keller. Think human potential through modern technology.
At Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA), we are moving to help our participants find their voices through technology. Our vision is to integrate the use of touch technologies in our programs as communication, educational, and therapeutic devices. They can replace traditional picture boards, offer better visual cues for transitioning, foster better peer interactions, and assist with expressive speech. They empower a person to be able to introduce themselves, share their weekend with friends, and effectively communicate with WDSRA staff.
While technology makes this possible, it is the support of the community that can make it a reality. If you would like to help WDSRA participants find their voices through the use of touch devices, please support the WDSRA Foundation. Visit www.wdsra.com or call (630) 681-0962 for more information.