As the mother of a child on the spectrum and as a person on the spectrum myself, this is a subject that piques my interest. Many kids who have autism are unable to speak. Others who are higher functioning have trouble expressing their emotions and/or understanding the facial expressions of the people around them.
Autism Speaks in conjunction with Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism have launched an initiative to develop free apps to help people on the autism spectrum. They are calling this initiative Hacking Autism. Their first app is called Mihi. It is a simple app for iOS that helps kids relate their feelings. There are more apps (some free and some not) available on their site.
There are more organizations that are working to make life easier for people with ASD. A simple web search brought up this Autism Resources site. Here’s a link to yet another site, Technology for Autism Now.
One of the best ways that children on the spectrum learn is through interactive lessons. There are a lot of ways to accomplish this type of learning but my favorite is Time4Learning.
Thanks to technologies like these, I can see a bright future for my son and others with ASD!