Imagine needing assistance with most aspects of life. A person with profound cognitive disabilities live it every day. Some with a minor learning disability may function well and go a lifetime without it being discovered or diagnosed. Autism is just one of the disabilities that fall into the catagory of cognitive disability. The following resources may help that child that struggles with daily life activities.
Zac Browser is a totally free software package. It is the first Internet browser developed specifically for children living with variants of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), Asperger syndrome, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, PDD not otherwise specified and PDD-NOS, also called atypical autism.
Zac Browser was designed to offer a pleasant, rewarding and secure experience. Children sing, play and discover the best that the Internet has to offer with only a few clicks of the mouse.
Zac Browser is software that allows your child to access games (a lot of games) activities (based on diverse interests) along with videos (that allow a stimulating experience and encourages children to talk). All games, activities and videos are specifically chosen for their positive effect on children suffering from autism (Zacbrowser.com).
Relative Advantage: Students learn to use the web and play games without the extra web distractions, encourages interaction.
Create visually supported material with a database of over 3000 picture communication symbols. Great for using to reinforce daily schedules! This software helps students visualize their schedules and environment using a variety of images. Students that do not speak may can communicate with their peers and teachers and feel more secure in their learning environment.
Relative Advantage: Can be used to create schedules for all students, students can work with a visual representation of their daily activities.
Resources: WebAIM: Cognitive Disabilities. (n.d.). WebAIM: Web Accessibility In Mind. Retrieved May 3, 2011, from http://webaim.org/articles/cognitive/