‘OpenDyslexic,’ Free Font, Helps People With Dyslexia Read Online

Huffington Post: 10/7/2012

OpenDyslexic, a free-to-use font created by Abelardo Gonzalez, aims to help people with dyslexia read online content easier.

OpenDyslexic font

The open-sourced font features heavily-weighted bottoms to help give letters “gravity,” thus curbing the brain’s ability to rotate characters and make them look like other letters, explains the OpenDyslexic Web site.

The BBC reports that a recent update to Instapaper, an app that allows users save Web pages to read later, included OpenDyslexic as a font option. It has also appeared in word processors, e-readers and been installed on school computers.

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AASPIRE Healthcare Toolkit

Academic-Autistic Spectrum Partnership in Research and Education (AASPIRE)
AASPIRE – Academic-Autistic Spectrum Partnership in Research and Education

Primary Care Resources for Adults on the Autism Spectrum and their Primary Care Providers

AASPIRE Healthcare Kit: http://www.autismandhealth.org/

This web site has information and worksheets for adults on the autism spectrum, supporters, and healthcare providers. It focuses on primary healthcare, or healthcare with a regular doctor.

The resources on this site are meant to improve the healthcare of autistic adults. They were made by the Academic-Autistic Spectrum Partnership in Research and Education (AASPIRE) through a series of research studies funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. AASPIRE hopes that you will find these resources helpful.


Autism Apps

Autism Applications List Autism Speaks

Do you have a favorite autism app you’d like to add to this list?

Please email a brief description of the App, including the platform, cost, age group, price and a link to FSDB@AutismSpeaks.org and we would be happy to share your recommendation with the Autism Speaks community!

Website: http://www.autismspeaks.org/autism-apps


Disability video gaming guidelines website launched

Disability video gaming guidelines website launched

LA Noire, from Rockstar Games, was cited as adhering to some of the good practice guidelines

BBC | News Technology

A detailed set of guidelines has been published online to help video-games developers cater for users with accessibility issues.

The website, which has the backing of several developers and usability experts, highlights best practice examples in big games.

It calls for simple features such as remapping controls to become standard.

Some estimates suggest about 20% of all gamers have some form of mental, physical or developmental disability.

The guidelines, published in full online, are broken down into basic, intermediate and advanced levels.

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Emergency Preparedness for Special Needs Families

Thirty Ways to Plan for an Emergency 

If You Have a Loved One with Special Needs

When an emergency situation arises it is important for families to be prepared and well-practiced in what to do. This is especially vital for families who have a loved one with special needs.

Preparing for individual healthcare needs and special accommodations can take a little extra preparation. From preparing emergency kits to creating an evacuation plan there are little things families can do to prepare their loved one with special needs for an emergency.

PDF:  Emergency Prep_PAVE
Website: The Center for Children with Special Needs

iPad use study

from Autism Speaks | October 23, 2102

Holistic Approach toward Independence and Employment

In collaboration with the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS), and Auburn University’s Center for Disability Research and Service (CDRS), Triumph Services sought to determine if an Apple iPadTM could help individuals with disabilities to:

1) increase independence at home, at work, and in social situations;
2) decrease anxiety;
3) manage medication, and
4) target specific, individual areas of need.

Through a 2011 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus grant, the ADRS purchased iPads to be customized for eight individuals who were receiving wrap-around services through Triumph.

Auburn’s CDRS partnered with Triumph to choose iPad applications based on the individuals’ needs, to train each person, and to evaluate the program outcomes.

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Technology Central

Autism Speaks

Technology Central is designed to provide the autism community with the latest information, tools, and resources so that everyone can benefit from the great strides being made in the world of technology!


Website: http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/technology

“People Who Care for People: Tools for Resiliency”

In January 2011 The Garrison Institute held a unique retreat entitled “People Who Care for People: Tools for Resiliency”. A group of 100 helping professionals and caregivers attended this retreat which offered training of contemplative-based tools to reduce stress, build resilience and enhance the effectiveness of their work. The retreat was led by three distinguished meditation teachers who also have experience working with people in caregiving and helping fields: Cheri Maples, Sharon Salzberg, and Gina Sharpe. Each teacher addressed the themes of awareness, balance and connection in their own way and discussed how knowledge of these themes can be beneficial for caregivers.