Today, almost everyone relies on various mobile apps to help them communicate and navigate their world, and individuals with intellectual or developmental disorders (IDD) can benefit from them as well. Many of today’s apps are great examples of adaptive technology that help individuals with IDD perform essential daily functions. Caregivers can use search tools like Tech Toolbox by The Arc to find apps designed for adults with IDD. You can find more resources on such apps at sites like Bridging Apps, MaineCite, and Center on Technology and Disability.
Here are some examples of adaptive apps worth exploring:
Choiceworks. Choiceworks allows users with autism and other intellectual disabilities to use their own photos to create daily routine guides for navigating from one task or activity to the next in sequential order. It also assists with tasks that involve waiting and with choosing appropriate actions in various emotional states.
Proloquo2Go. Proloquo2Go is an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) app for individuals with autism, Down syndrome, apraxia, and other speech disorders. It uses images to help users build and “speak” verbal sentences to communicate their needs. The related Proloquo4Text translates images to text and features word prediction.
FortuneCity. FortuneCity is a game that helps users track their expenses as they build a virtual city. It keeps data secure and generates easy-to-read charts to show how much money is spent in various categories.
It’s Accessible. It’s Accessible is a user-supported app (much like the popular Waze) that allows users to report locations and attractions that are accessible to people with mobility challenges.
Personal Success. Personal Success helps users understand and build skills in good hygiene, dressing, health, and safety. There are separate presentations for male and female genders.
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A primary focus of our organization is to interact with the individuals we support through the “Culture of Gentleness” model. We seek to create a positive environment to help them feel safe and valued while maximizing praise, limiting demands, maintaining consistent structure, and reducing stress during transitions.