The Fight Against Autism Goes High Tech

From iPods to robots to avatars, people with autism are increasingly taking advantage of cutting-edge technologies to improve their social skills and, in the process, break the isolation of their condition.

“We use them as a bridge to develop communication skills people with autism don’t have, like social referencing [for example, making eye contact],” explained Katharina Boser, president of Individual Differences in Learning of Howard County, Maryland, and co-chair of the Innovative Technology for Autism (ITA) committee at one of the nation’s leading autism advocacy groups, Autism Speaks. “There are a range of devices that can support people at different levels,” she said.

via The Fight Against Autism Goes High Tech.

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