2014 Southeastern Autism/Asperger Conference

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Tablet Accessibility? APPsolutely!

March 13, 2014

Cobb Galleria

Presenter: Martha Rust, AT Specialist, Tools for Life and Ben Satterfield, AT Specialist/Consultant, TFL Network Partner, Center for AT Excellence

Session Description:

With the introduction of Apps, we are experiencing a drastic technology evolution that is revolutionizing the field of Assistive Technology and producing positive life changing results for individuals who are on the Spectrum. Apps are assisting people with autism by promoting more independence, increasing opportunities for inclusion, promoting depth of learning, providing equal access in education, career and community settings, as well as supporting smoother transitions. As service providers and family members, navigating the world of apps and tablet accessibility can often be an overwhelming task especially when there are over 400 apps that are released every day and millions of apps on the market. Where do you begin to find the best tablet to fit the individual's needs? How do you know which accessibility options are available for each tablet? Is there a place where you can go to learn more about apps before purchasing them? Let us help you find the answer to all those questions and more! During this hands-on workshop the presenters will share and demonstrate apps that can assist with daily living, education, work, relaxation, and much more in the lives of persons with autism. Participants will also explore a website and database created by the presenting team that compares apps by their functions, pricing, and operating system. Workshop attendees will also learn the basic functionality and accessibility features of various tablets, including Apple, Android, B&N Nook and the Microsoft Surface. This session will provide participants with opportunities to explore specific App solutions that promote success in the lives of people with autism and can ultimately assist with successful transitions at school and into the workplace and community.

Learning Objectives:

1. Identify 3 apps that can assist with daily living, education, work, relaxation.

2. Locate and explore a website and database created by the presenting team that compares apps by their functions, pricing, and operating system.

3. Describe and compare the basic functionality and accessibility features of the various tablets, including Apple, Android, B&N Nook and the Microsoft Surface.

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