Additional Examples

This section of the website is entirely devoted to additional links and articles about how these technologies improve the autonomy of people with developmental disabilities.

Technology Tools for Students with Autism: Innovations that Enhance Independence and Learning – a book edited by Katharina I. Boser, Ph.D., Matthew S. Goodwin, Ph.D., & Sarah C. Wayland, Ph.D.

The Touched By An Alien blog provides awareness of individuals with Asperger’s syndrome and other disabilities.

AbleLink Technologies of Colorado Springs makes assistive technologies and provides technical assistance to people with disabilities.

Video: Living the Smart Life was produced by AbleLink Technologies and features Rusty, a man with a developmental disability uses an app to help guide his bus schedule and has his iPad read to him.

Video: Teenager with autism used his iPad to give a speech at his high school graduation ceremony despite being nonverbal.

NPR story iPads in Special Ed: What Does the Research Say?

iPads Provide More Than Fun and Games story iPad Gives Voice to Kids with Autism

Assistive Technology In Action is a series of videotapes that explain how assistive technology helps people with disabilities in their day-to-day lives.

Video: Assistive Technology in Action – Meet Jean

Video: Assistive Technology in Action – Meet Sam

Video: iPads As Assistive Technology Tools

Video: The Case Against Assistive Technology by Don Johnston Incorporated

Conference paper: Use of Technology to Increase Functional Autonomy and Facilitate Communication for People with Disabilities: Design of an Emerging Dis(ease)ability Model by Raffaella Conversano, Gaetano Manzulli, and Maurizio Binacchi (published in Italy)

Increasing Student Success Through Instruction in Self-Determination, from the American Psychological Association

White paper: Blue Assist and Cloudina Care Innovation to Realize More Autonomy and Social Inclusion  (published in Belgium)

Smartphone app tells blind people when the bus is coming

Amazing Innovation: Mobile Apps for the Disabled

10 memorable milestones in tablet history

University of Colorado at Boulder Cognitive Disability Database

The History Of The Tablet, An Idea Steve Jobs Stole And Turned Into A Game-Changer

How The Tablet Computers Have Evolved on Riyaz, a technology site in India

The History of Smartphones: a Timeline  from The Guardian

The History of the Smartphone from The Next Web

TED Talk: How Social Media Can Make History by Clay Shirky

Merriam-Webster Definition of Autonomy

Wikipedia Description of Autonomy

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Descriptions of Autonomy

Video: San Antonio TX Bus Company’s Smartphone App Improves Autonomy for Rider Who is Blind

How Blind People Use Instagram

How Blind People Use Twitter & YouTube on the iPhone

Video: Accessibility Review of iPad

Video: iPad Usage for the Blind

Video: iPad Apps for the Low Vision Population

Blind Man Making Apps More ‘Appcessible’ (published in New Zealand; includes video)

Funding Opportunities for an iPad for Your Child

Video: Blind Person Shows How to Use an iPhone

Video: iPhone 4S: Life-Changing Phone for Blind (published in New Zealand; contains video)

Partners in Policymaking Online Course in Self-Advocacy (Self-paced; anonymous; free)

Everyone Matters is a global inclusiveness campaign emphasizing everyone’s dignity and respect

With iPads, a New World of Music for Kids With Learning Challenges

Video: iPad App Aimed at Changing Lives of Children with Autism



This project started with a few simple stories. If you would like to send me additional links or e-mails about this topic, the address is I sincerely appreciate your contribution!




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