App Gives Autistic Teen a Voice

A young girl in a special education classroom reads a worksheet on synonyms uploaded by her teacher to an iPad provided by the school district at Adams Elementary School Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011 in Coon Rapids, Minn. Students can work on different subjects at different academic levels with the tablet computers made popular by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs who died Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Did you know that an I-Pad app can provide a voice for someone who has difficulty communicating verbally? One specific augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) app enables users to modify and personalize it for specific situations, such as ordering lunch at a local sub shop. With this new “voice,” users gain independence and self-esteem. Watch as a teen uses an I-Pad app to ensure that his sandwich is made to his specifications.

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