Good Guy Apple: Company celebrates World Autism Acceptance Day with local activities


Field trips and for students.

Marking April 2nd as World Autism Acceptance Day, Apple will be doing Field Trip sessions made for students and teachers at their stores at Mall of the Emirates in Dubai and Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi. This in line with the company’s mission in aiding people with autism through its line of products and services.

Apple said that since the iPad’s introduction in 2010, many children, parents along with other adults and therapists have praised the tablet for offering a way to communicate easier with people with Autism, this includes the plethora of apps and even the crop of new apps made for the Apple Watch.

Part of the Field Trip sessions include creative, collaborative and other memorable learning experiences. Parents and teachers who are interested to join the sessions and visit their nearest Apple Store to request a Skoog Filed Trip.

Apps like Proloquo2Go has also helped non-verbal children to communicate easily with their parents – something that Apple is keen to further develop.

Other apps include:

Proloquo4Text - Proloquo4Text is a text‑based communication app that gives a voice to people who cannot speak. 

:prose - :prose is an intuitive gesture powered AAC app that enables users to speak and display phrases aloud with gestures as simple as a single tap or swipe.

Autism Core Skills - Autism Core Skills offers both academic and social skill development tools for autistic children in preschool through first grade, including customizable themes like animals, trains and sports to help make the learning process fun and engaging. 

Children With Autism: A Visual Schedule - A Visual Schedule is the first wearable picture-based scheduler designed with children and adults with autism in mind. Has an easy to understand icon and progress bar, to help empower people to independently keep track of scheduled activities. 

Kid in Story - Kid in Story was specifically designed to benefit children with autism and other special needs by making it fun and easy to create visual stories to support learning, social modeling, and early literacy.

Pictello - Pictello is a simple way to create talking photo albums and talking books. Each page in a Pictello Story can contain a picture, up to five lines of text, and a recorded sound or text-to-speech using high-quality voices.

Hopester - Hopster offers on-the-go games for preschoolers to help build essential skill development in memory, literary, mathematics and more. The app's latest update, set to go live April 2, also includes a digital playroom hub called Sense, aimed to help kids — particularly those with autism — sharpen their sensory processing skills and is focused on accepting and tolerating differences. 

Injini: Child Development Game Suite - Collection of learning games that offers meaningful play to young children with cognitive, language, and fine motor delays.

Skoog - The Skoogmusic Skoog 2.0 Tactile Musical Interface is a tactile cube that enables children with disabilities experiment with music-making without having to pick up an instrument. In combination with the Skoog app and GarageBand, Skoog lets kids press and squeeze the cube to obtain acoustic feedback that plays on iPad. 

Bloom HD - Bloom HD makes music creation accessible to all — combining instrument and composition capabilities to allow users to easily create patterns and melodies with the touch of a screen. 

Motion Math: Pizza! - Learn economics and mental math as you buy ingredients, design pizzas, set prices, and serve customers in this delightfully delicious simulation game.

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