Today is World Down Syndrome Day March 21, 2011, and will be a day to take pride in the achievements of those with Down syndrome, and one that should be used to honor those who’re making massive strides, in what can be extremely easy tasks for others.
As a father of a child with autism, I know that it’s hard for others to understand what a day in our life is like, some very simple tasks like opening a door, going to the toilet, or wanting to eat out for a meal are not so simple. With our child having fixations with the way we want to do things, which can control everything that is done in a day.
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While autism and Down syndrome are different conditions, when it comes to communication there can be some similarities for friends, family, and helpers. If you have a good support program then this makes life much easier, but thanks to technology and a couple of Apple products, life can be both easier and a little cheaper.
Apps for the Apple iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch are known to be only a few dollars, so when you see “Proloquo2Go” for $189.99, and “iCommunicate” for $49.99, you may be a little shocked, until you find out what you’re getting. These apps are aimed to replace more expensive gadgets like an AAC device, which can cost thousands.
The ratings on Proloquo2Go alone are in the hundreds, and the feedback is some of the highest we’ve seen for an iOS app.
One parent for iCommunicate said “I have been using this app with my son who has Down Syndrome and is non-verbal. We have a lot of laminated visuals for daily routines that are forever getting lost and worn out. I have converted all these into iCommunicate”. You can read more on the Apple iTunes Store about iCommunicate and Proloquo2Go. You can also see some videos on YouTube of Proloquo2Go in action via this link.
Please let us know if your child has Down Syndrome, and how apps have helped you? Do you agree with helping children with disabilities this way, or do you see apps as more of a problem?