Autism and iPad

The Hindu reports  
in its Bangalore edition that the Autism Society of India, in collaboration with the Spastics Society of Karnataka, has launched a project “Prayas” ( attempt) day, in which individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders will be imparted training in the use of computers and iPads.
The training centre, within the premises of the Spastics Society at Indiranagar, was inaugurated on June 14 2011 with significant support from SAP Labs. Ninety children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the age group of 5 to 18 will be trained over three years. The training aims at enhancing their cognition, communication and social skills, as well as giving pre-vocational and vocational training to those in the 12 to 18 age group. The iPads and computers will be used to train 15 individuals every day for one and half hours.
Three schools in the city have shown interest in the project. Rita James, Principal of Asha Kiran, a special needs school, felt that the initiative was a good one, given that some students have an aptitude for technology.
Fifteen-year-old Ujwal Sharma seemed to agree. When asked what he preferred — the desktop or the iPad — this while he was ‘Googling' on the computer in the lab, he immediately replied, “I like the iPad. It talks to me (through an application called ‘Talking Tom').”
“The IT capital needs to cater to those with special needs as well. Depending on its success, we will be expanding it,” said V.R. Ferose, Managing Director, SAP Labs.
Autism Society of India  telephone contacts in Bangalorer: 91-80-23225279 or 2323057