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Accessibility Minute - Assistive Technology Tips and Tricks for Everyone

May 6, 2016

182-05-06-16 Autism Discovery Tool: Sensory from Within app

Hey there! Welcome to Accessibility Minute, your weekly look at Assistive Technology, those clever tools and devices designed to help people who have difficulties with vision, mobility, hearing or other special needs!

Spectrum Idea Lab Incorporated has recently launched The Autism Discovery Tool: Sensory from Within app. The Autism Discovery Tool is an app that aims to improve sensory environments for people on the autism spectrum by empowering people in home, school, and community settings to better understand and communicate about the autism spectrum. It can benefit those on the spectrum, as well as educators, family members, and friends of those with autism. According to the developer's website, by making use of the feature-rich iPad, "this exploratory, play-based app immerses users into sensory experiences that raise awareness of how others may interpret their environment differently."

The app is divided into seven senses: vision, hearing, touch, taste, smell, balance, and body position. Each sense features common scenarios such as playing in a park, sitting in a classroom, making a smoothie, and much more. Each scenario is designed to help individuals better understand some of the strengths and challenges faced by those on the autism spectrum.

The app is currently only available for iOS devices. To learn more, check it out on the App Store or visit SpectrumIdeaLab.Com.

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