By Denise Donaghy
Technology can help to empower adults with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities. These advancements in technology can be an important aspect of an individual’s supports and services in their workplace and in the community.
Many families are aware of assistive technology options (like communication boards), but apps for cell phones and tablets offer exciting opportunities for enhanced communication, behavior supports, community integration, and recreation choices.
Cell phone apps are high interest for many individuals, and many great applications are low-cost or free!
While some of these apps were not specifically designed for adults with autism or intellectual disabilities, they have been recommended by experts and caregivers who work with these populations. You may find them helpful for any relative or friend who needs more support.
Below is a list of apps recognized by AutismSpeaks, an autism advocacy agency, as good technological resources to support individuals with autism: