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BlindSquare and BlindWays, Connecting the Dots for Travelers in Boston, Then and Now.

By Ile, April 24, 2017

Discovery and recollection.

Discovery and recollection are two necessary elements for travel for our friends who are blind. This presents a difficult task in a city the size of Boston, with its nearly 8,000 bus stops.


It is necessary for all to move from point A to point B, whether home to work, work to play or home to “the necessaries” such as groceries, doctors’ offices, visiting friends or journeys to study. Public transit is a wonderful and beneficial asset. The physical movement of vehicles, coupled with information to support choices for travel, is an important service to the community at large. Still, for a person who is blind, partially-sighted or deafblind the “last few feet” can be a great void.

BlindSquare supports its adventurers with great guidance, based on information available from many sources, but the fact is that “B” (as a destination) is often approximate, leading its adventurers “quite close” but precision is elusive. Perkins School for the Blind took on the challenge to fill this information void.


Let’s consider a bus stop as a “dot” on the map. The focus of BlindWays is to describe “what’s inside the dot” yielding clear descriptions, using consistent language, providing a trustworthy resource for transit riders.

Travel, for a person who is blind, requires a lot of planning, discovery and recollection. That’s a lot to ask of a traveler in Boston, with nearly 8000 bus stops especially for an adventurer interested in exploring!

Perkins has created an iOS application called BlindWays that provides a means to collect the information from “thousands of discoveries,” from the contribution of hundreds of blind and sighted volunteers, into an application purposely crafted to provide the “micro-navigation” information necessary to lead the traveler closer and closer to the bus stop. The “discovery” is recorded using BlindWays and then is available to the entire community. The “recollection” is at the traveler’s fingertips, sensitive and responsive to their current location. Now, on approach, the adventurer can discover important information on the location of a trash container on the right, the location of a bus shelter on the left, the fact that the stop is “right across from the Fairmont Hotel” or other known points. All adding convenience and confidence for the traveler. All ensuring that when the bus arrives, the traveler is standing in the right spot, without the need to ask for assistance, and no longer “missing the bus.” Wonderful.


Known to support travel globally, whether live “right now” or to support discovery by simulating travel “to future destinations” provides a yeoman-service daily, “connecting the dots” and presenting information of value and choices for its adventurers.

A vision was shared, between the people behind BlindSquare and BlindWays, to create a perfect case for blind travelers. We posed the question, “What would travel look” like if we could include BlindWays’ detailed descriptions with BlindSquare? The virus of the idea spread quickly and the partnering of the information was completed and announced at CSUN 2017 to great applause.

In Boston, and in many other communities, BlindSquare connects transit information and associates with “the dot,” known as the bus stop. We automatically identify the bus stop “dot” and supply information such as the stop number, expected arrival information about future buses and even interruptions of service often not available to sighted travelers. This is now much better in Boston, today!


In Boston, augmenting the transit system information, we now connect to BlindWays’ crowdsourced descriptions of Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) bus stops expanding the information about the “bus-stop-dot” with a simple gesture.

This information is readily available, freely, but on request, to accommodate the “frequent or first” traveler equally well. A frequent traveler is not interrupted with familiar information; a first-time traveler can readily unlock abundant information to support their journey.

Joann Becker, a Boston Transit rider, pictured above:

“I love the convenience of using one app which offers invaluable GPS information coupled with the micro navigation that BlindWays provides its users. I am able to look around with BlindSquare to choose a destination and then use BlindWays clues to help me get within a canes length of the bus stop! I feel empowered using these apps for independent travel around Boston!”

Can I try it myself? Of course!

  • What does this all sound like? An audio demonstration by Ilkka Pirttimaa, simulating a Boston bus stop can be found at the link below.
  • Try from home! One advantage that BlindSquare brings is the ability to simulate travel. From across the city, or around the globe, it’s easy to place yourself in a simulated location (such as Boston) and “look around”.
    Let’s simulate a location in Boston! Follow this link on your iPhone with BlindSquare installed and it will simulate a bus stop in Boston and prompt you to “shake your iPhone to hear BlindWays information”. Select “OK” then shake your phone and listen! You can advance to secondary information by shaking your phone again. You can, of course, pick a destination of your own! Have some fun as you adventure around Boston.
  • What if I don’t have BlindSquare? BlindSquare has provided a “free use” area covering all of Boston with BlindSquare Event, until July 1st. BlindSquare Event can be downloaded from the app store.

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Guide Dog Users Group launches Innovative Mobile App

Tampa, Florida (September 17, 2014):

The National Association of Guide dog Users Inc., a division of the National Federation of the Blind and the nation’s leading service animal advocacy organization, announced today that it has release the NAGDU Guide & Service Dog Advocacy & Information app. This new IOS app provides comprehensive information about the rights and responsibilities of service animal users under state and federal law.

“Every law in the United States concerning service animals can now be in your pocket,” says Marion Gwizdala, NAGDU’s president and a guide dog user himself. “There is no other single source for this type of information.”

The NAGDU app provides the entire text of the implementing regulations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) concerning service animals, along with the relevant laws of each state. It also offers specific guidance for those industries in which service animal users face the most challenges, such as restaurants, taxicabs, hotels, and health care facilities. In addition, those who face discrimination because of their service dog can use the app to call a special advocate trained to resolve such issues. The app is provided for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users free of charge as a public service by the National Association of guide dog Users. You can find
the app by going to NAGDU Guide & Service Dog advocacy & Information – National Association of Guide Dog Users Inc.

or by simply searching for “NAGDU” in the Apple app store.

About the National Association of guide dog Users

The National Association of Guide dog Users is the nation’s leading membership organization for blind people who use guide dogs. NAGDU is a strong and proud division of the National Federation of the Blind. NAGDU conducts public awareness campaigns on issues of guide dog use, provides advocacy support for guide dog handlers who face discrimination, supports sound policy and effective legislation to protect the rights of guide dog users, offers educational programs to school and civic organizations, and functions as an integral part of the National Federation of the Blind. For more information about the National Association
of Guide Dog Users and to support their work, you can visit their website at HTTP://NAGDU.ORG Or send an email message to Info@NAGDU.ORG

About the NFB

The National Federation of the Blind is the oldest and largest organization of the blind in the United States. The NFB believes that the real problem of blindness is not the loss of eyesight, but low expectations of the blind that create obstacles to achieving their highest potential. The Federation provides scholarships to blind students; support for those who are blind or losing their eyesight; advocacy for the blind facing discrimination; and educational programs for the general public on topics of blindness. The NFB is not an organization that speaks on behalf of the blind; they are the blind speaking for themselves. For more information
about the National Federation of the Blind, you can visit their website at http://NFB.ORG

New Smartphone App Gives Sight to People With Vision Disabilities

Sep 22, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO: Jonathan Mosen, who has been blind since birth, spent his evening snapping photos of packages in the mail, his son’s school report and labels on bottles in the fridge. In seconds, he was listening to audio of the printed words the camera captured, courtesy of a new app on his Apple Inc iPhone.

I couldn’t believe how accurate it was,” said Mosen, an assistive technology consultant from New Zealand.

The new app that allows people who are blind to listen to an audio read back of printed text is receiving rave reviews after its first day of availability and is being heralded as a life-changer by many people.

People with vision disabilities say the KNFB Reader app will enable a new level of engagement in everyday life, from reading menus in restaurants to browsing handouts in the classroom.

The US$99 app is the result of a four decades-long relationship between the National Federation of the Blind and Ray Kurzweil, a well-known artificial-intelligence scientist and senior Google employee.

According to its website, K-NFB Reading Technology Inc and Sensotec NV, a Belgium-based company, led the technical development of the app.

Kurzweil, who demonstrated the app on stage at the NFB’s annual convention in June, said it can replace a “sighted adviser”.

Taking advantage of new pattern recognition and image- processing technology as well as new smartphone hardware, the app allows users to adjust or tilt the camera, and reads printed materials out loud.

People with refreshable Braille displays can now snap pictures of print documents and display them in Braille near-instantaneously, said NFB spokesman Chris Danielsen.

The app has already given some people greater independence, users said on Thursday and Friday on social-media sites such as Twitter.

One early adopter, Gordon Luke, tweeted that he was able to use the app to read his polling card for the Scottish Referendum.

The app will be available on Android in the coming months, Kurzweil told Reuters in an interview. He may also explore a version of the app for Google Glass, a postage stamp-sized computer screen that attaches to eyeglass frames and is capable of taking photos, recording video and playing sound.

“Google Glass makes sense because you direct the camera with your head,” Kurzweil said.

Kurzweil started working on so-called “reading machines” in the early 1970s after chatting on a plane with a blind person who voiced frustrations with the lack of optical-recognition technology on the market.

A few years later, “Kurzweil burst into the National Federation of the Blind’s offices in Washington, DC, and said he had invented a reading machine,” recalled Jim Gashel, a former NFB employee who currently heads business development at KNFB Reader. “It was phenomenal.”

Kurzweil’s first reading machine was the size of a washing machine and cost $50,000.

The technology has continued to improve over the past few decades the new smartphone app can recognize and translate print between different languages and scan PowerPoint slides up to 7.6m away but it was not available on a mainstream mobile device until now.

Previously, it cost more than US$1,000 to use the software with a Nokia cell phone and a camera.

San Francisco-based Bryan Bashin, executive director of the non-profit Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, said the KNFB app shows the positive and profound impact that technology can have.

“There are innumerable times in life that I’ll have a bit of print and there will be nobody around who can help me out, and I’ll just want to know something as simple as ‘Is this packet decaf or caffeinated coffee?'” Bashin said.

“The ability to do this easily with something that fits in your pocket at lightning speed will certainly be a game changer.”

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New iBooks® Textbook Helps Visually Impaired Visit the Stars Through Touch, Sound

SAS, Space Telescope Science Institute Inspire Passion for Science in Students CARY, NC–(Marketwired – September 04, 2014)

A free, multitouch iBooks Textbook for iPad® is now available to inspire students of all abilities to pursue futures in science. Reach for the Stars: Touch, Look, Listen, Learn (opens in new window/tab) incorporates new, assistive technologies so children with visual disabilities, too, can experience striking deep-space images like never before.

Free for download from Apple’s iBookstore(SM), Reach for the Stars (opens in new window/tab) was created for iPad by analytics provider SAS and the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI).

STScI astronomer Elena Sabbi worked with developers to translate brilliant imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope into content any student, including those with visual disabilities, can learn from and enjoy. The development of the iBooks Textbook is funded by a Hubble education and public outreach grant.

“This book allows any child to experience the wonders of space,” Sabbi explained. “We want young students to understand that anyone can be a scientist.”

Traditionally, the abundance of charts, graphs and data visualizations has made it challenging to bring math and science to visually impaired students. And their teachers struggle to transition from printed textbooks to digital instructional materials. With accessibility directly embedded into Reach for the Stars, every student in the classroom can use the same book. Educators don’t have to convert the content to special formats for students with disabilities.

Ed Summers spearheaded the development of the iBooks Textbook, leading a team of programmers, graphic artists and accessibility specialists. The software engineer and Senior Manager of Accessibility and Applied Assistive Technology at SAS, himself blind, emphasizes that Reach for the Stars is not solely for blind children.

“This is a mainstream book to benefit every student, rather than something limited to a small audience of students with visual impairments,” said Summers.

The iBooks Textbook consists of seven chapters. Children with learning disabilities can touch the audio icon on each screen to hear the text read aloud. Students with visual impairments can use the VoiceOver screen reader available on iPad.

Images, graphics and animations, some of them interactive, highlight every chapter. Prominent star clusters in the Tarantula Nebula, for example, are marked by circles. Touch a circle and hear the name of the feature as a caption appears on the screen.

The iBooks Textbook takes advantage of accessibility features built into iOS including Text to Speech, captioning, a compatibility option for hearing aids, compatibility with refreshable Braille displays, and high-contrast colors for students with low vision.

Another option, “sonification,” uses sound to convey data. For instance, in a diagram plotting the brightness of stars against their surface temperature, touch-generated pitch variations indicate the intensity of a particular star. The brighter the star, the higher the pitch. The star’s temperature is conveyed through either the left or right ear. Hotter stars are on the left of the graph, cooler stars on the right.

National Braille Press has created tactile overlays for all of the interactive images in the book. The tactile overlays contain raised lines and textures that are perfectly congruent with each interactive image. For example, the tactile overlay for an image of dozens of galaxies lets a blind student feel a shape for each galaxy and simultaneously hear a sound that represents that galaxy.

The Baltimore-based National Federation of the Blind, a project partner, will promote the book through its network of teachers and parents.

Prospective users can download the iBook Textbook from the iBookstore and order the tactile overlays from the National Braille Press website. A short video and teacher support page will help jumpstart learning. Users can even download a 3-D model of the Hubble Space Telescope and print it on a 3-D printer..

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For blind bus riders, a new app boosts independence

By Madeline Ken
NEW YORK, Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The app, called StopInfo, is integrated into a popular existing app called OneBusAway that gives real time information on the location of city buses.

StopInfo adds details that help blind riders find the bus stop.

“When a user wants detailed information about a transit stop, he or she touches a button and the system displays details, such as where the stop is in relation to street intersections, whether there is a bench and trash can, what the shape of the sign pole is . . . This information can be read out loud for blind users of the phone, using VoiceOver mode,” explained Alan Borning in email to Reuters Health.

Borning is a professor at the University of Washington. His graduate students created the new application.

While StopInfo sources most of its information from the King County Metro database, it also relies on information from community users, blind and otherwise. To make sure the information added by users is correct, the app uses a voting system, where each submission counts as a vote. To be verified, a submission must have at least three votes and 75% of submissions must be in agreement.

StopInfo is freely available and runs on iOS (iPhone), Android, and Windows Phone platforms, and also via SMS, interactive voice response, and the Web.

It’s been widely used, according to Caitlin Bonnar, one of the app’s creators.

She told Reuters Health by email that StopInfo “is accessed, on average, around a thousand times a day since we launched in late February, indicating that it is also used by the general population. We have received around 1,300 information submissions for 845 unique bus stops around Seattle since then.”

With StopInfo gaining in popularity, its creators recruited six middle-aged users for a small study of how it affects the way blind people travel. Three participants were completely blind; the others had varying levels of usable vision. Four lived in Seattle suburbs, while two lived in urban centers.

The results, which will be presented at the Association for Computing Machinery’s annual conference in October and are reported in the Association’s Assets ’14 publication, show that StopInfo is generally helpful for blind riders and can promote spontaneous and unfamiliar travel.

The study lasted about five weeks, during which participants were asked to fill out web forms with details of 10 to 20 trips they took during that period.

The participants were already skilled at traveling independently and using smartphones, and so the researchers note that they may not reflect the general population.

Borning says participants, “found the system usable and the information helpful . . . All participants said they would continue using StopInfo after the study.”

He and his students were most interested in three elements: usability, independence and safety. Independence was particularly important, as this is a constant struggle for blind people and was rated as very important by participants.

The results suggest that the app supports independence. Participants said on 29 (38%) of their web forms that they would not normally have attempted the trip they were taking and consulted StopInfo on 26 (89%) of these trips.

StopInfo did not significantly affect feelings of safety, however – and the researchers fear users might feel vulnerable to mugging while using their smartphones in public.

In on-foot audits, the researchers found that the app’s information was 100% accurate in nearly all categories. Jeff Switzer, of the King County Department of Transportation, told Reuters Health by email that his department has worked with the creators “to put measures in place that can monitor the system and bring any data vandalism to their attention for follow-up and correction.”

Although its companion app, OneBusAway, operates in several cities across the country, StopInfo is currently limited to the Seattle area. Borning, who was also involved in creating OneBusAway, feels that for now, StopInfo is best kept as a pilot program. It needs to be evaluated over a longer period, he said, “to see how useful it is for a larger number of people, to see whether we can sustain participation in entering and verifying information, and to see how well it fits with transit agency operations.”

Marion Hersh of the University of Glasgow in Scotland, who studies assistive technology and disability but was not involved in the new research, agrees. She emphasizes the importance of standardizing the app across the transit systems of different cities so that blind people can move between them easily. Ideally, the system would “work at all bus stops preferably worldwide,” Hersh told Reuters Health by email.

Borning is optimistic about these kinds of tools. “We are in an exciting time for supporting the independence of blind and low vision people — and people with disabilities more generally – using off-the shelf technology like smart phones,” he said.

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Experience Descriptive Audio at the Theater with a New iOS App MovieReading

By Alena Roberts
Tuesday, 19-Nov-2013

Many theaters around the country are starting to offer the visually impaired the option of listening to the descriptive audio track while they’re watching a film. Sadly though, this technology is not available everywhere, and sometimes it doesn’t work. The team at Solo-DX wants to make the experience better by having the blind film-goer use a smart phone app to listen to the descriptive audio track instead.

Last week, I had the opportunity to test out the new MovieReading app. The interface is very simple. Once you’re logged in, you visit the Marketplace, download the descriptive audio track for the film you’re going to go see at your theater, and than start the track when your film begins. The app will listen to the audio in the theater and sync the audio track with where the film is so that the user doesn’t have to try and match the two tracks themselves.

to test the app, I downloaded the Princess Bride track and then watched some Youtube clips from the film. In all three cases, the sync option worked perfectly.

The app is now available from the iTunes App Store.

The film “Philomena”, opening on November 22 in select cities, will be the first movie to use the app’s new features.

MovieReading is currently available on iOS, and they hope to have an Android version soon. Pasted below is a press release from Solo-DX about the MovieReading app and “Philomena”.

As exclusive U.S. partners with Universal Multimedia Access, Hollywood Access Services is releasing Solo-Dx on MovieReading, the first ever auto-syncing audio description app available for first-run movies.

The debut title on this exciting new platform will be The Weinstein Company¹s Philomena, in theaters November 22. Using acoustic fingerprinting technology, this new auto-syncing method will completely change moviegoing for the blind and visually impaired via their smartphones.

It’s really easy to use — download the app, download the description track, go to the movie theater, and enjoy! Even if you arrive late, you can simply hit “sync” and your audio description will pick up in the right place.

Right now, if a visually impaired person wants to go the movies, they either have to have someone next to them explain what is happening on the screen, try to enjoy the movie just by listening to it, OR request audio description headsets sometimes offered by theaters. These headsets pick up an infrared signal from the projector that plays audio description through headphones. However, they’re not currently available for every movie or at every theater, and even when they are available, they oftentimes don’t work correctly. These obstacles make going to the movies too much of a hassle for many blind and low vision individuals.

Solo-Dx on the MovieReading app makes moviegoing simple and enjoyable! Hollywood Access Services is thrilled to provide unprecedented access to blind moviegoers across the country with Philomena, the first film to be made available in the U.S. on this new auto-syncing audio description platform.

Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, and based on the book “The Lost Child of Philomena Lee,” Philomena is the true story of one mother’s search for her lost son.

Philomena is directed By Stephen Frears and written by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope and opens in New York and Los Angeles on November 22 before going nationwide on November 27.

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Phone App Could Prevent Thousands Going Blind

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The simple tool allows patients to scan their own retinas and email the images to doctors to remotely diagnose cataracts, Thursday, August 15, 2013

A new smartphone app, developed in the UK could revolutionise the way partially sighted people are treated in developing countries.
The app will treat patients in the most remote locations

By Thomas Moore, Health and Science Correspondent

A new app that turns a smartphone into a mobile eye clinic could prevent hundreds of thousands of people going blind.

The Portable Eye Examination Kit (PEEK) has been developed by doctors in
London and Glasgow to help diagnose serious eye conditions in the developing

Around 39 million people around the globe are blind, 90% of them in low
income countries. But 80% of cases could be avoided if health workers could
reach them with affordable equipment.

Standard ophthalmology kit is bulky and costs more than £100,000.

But cameras and processing chips on smartphones costing £300 are now so good that they can provide equally good results.

The system is already being tested in Kenya, where 1,000 patients have so far received treatment after being diagnosed by the app.

Peek allows health workers to assess patients’ vision remotely

Trained health workers first assess a patient’s vision by flashing progressively smaller letters onto the screen.

They then use the camera to check the lens of the eye for cloudy cataracts.

By attaching a special clip to the camera and switching on the flash they are then able to check the retina at the back of the eye for diseases such
as diabetic retinopathy.

The images can be sent back to a hospital for assessment, along with the precise GPS coordinates of the patient’s location so they can be found later
and treated.

Mirriam Waithara, who lives in a remote village, had been blind for many years. But a health worker using the app diagnosed cataracts which she had
removed in a straightforward operation.

She can now see and is overjoyed.

Dr Ian Livingstone who is involved in the project, told Sky News: “It’s staggeringly simple and I’m amazed it hasn’t been done sooner. It’s a
convergence of technologies. Phones are now as powerful as advanced computers a few years ago.

“The optics in the camera and the high-resolution display lend themselves perfectly to ophthalmic diagnostics.

“It’s a staggering thought that more people have access to a phone in the world than they do to running water.

“This is the perfect way to bring a western opinion to where it’s needed simply with a few adaptations and software support.”

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Sprint Brings Caption Calling To iOS Devices

By Adnan Farooqui on 07/24/2013

Sprint announced today that its Wireless CapTel service, powered by Raketu, is now available for iOS devices.

Demo Version of AutisMate, SpecialNeedWare’s iPad App for People With Autism, Hits the Market

AutisMate LITE gives users a taste of AutisMate, a uniquely comprehensive, customizable, easy-to-use communication and life skills learning app for adults and children with autism.
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SpecialNeedsWare, LLC, a software development firm devoted to helping people with learning and development limitations, has launched AutisMate LITE, a demo version of AutisMate, the company’s application for adults and children with autism.

AutisMate LITE is meant to give users a taste of AutisMate, an app that extends beyond the capabilities of augmentative and assistive communication (AAC) and learning apps through its comprehensive, customizable, and easy to use Smart Scenes™ technology. AutisMate’s

Smart Scenes™ technology combines a traditional grid-display sentence builder with customizable visual scenes, which incorporate visual stories, visual schedules and video modeling into a single app. AutisMate’s personalization allows users to employ images and videos from an environment the individual with autism is familiar, including their home, school or work. By integrating familiar environments into the app, individuals can more easily understand, comprehend and learn communication, behavior, socialization and life skills. It is this personalization that makes AutisMate a progressive and comprehensive app that can be used from childhood into adulthood.

The new product, AutisMate LITE learning app for autism, has many of the features available in AutisMate, which costs $149. These include, on a limited basis:

One customizable visual scene, with unlimited visual schedules, visual stories and video modeling within the scene;
One customizable visual schedule, including sequencing and task analysis;
Up to ten customizable grid-based sentence building buttons;
100 easy-to-understand symbols (known as SymbolStix) used to construct sentences in the grid-display sentence builder or as hot spots in AutisMate’s Smart ScenesTM;
Access to AutisMate’s in-app support and video tutorials;

Unlike AutisMate LITE, the full version of AutisMate gives the added benefits of global-positioning-system (GPS) capabilities, a content library, content-sharing, and IVONA text-to-speech voices.

GPS capabilities allow scenes to be tied to a user’s location, such as home, school or work scenes, making it easy for the correct scene to be selected at the right time.

AutisMate’s content library offers “off-the-shelf”, prebuilt drawings, photographs, videos, text, and voice elements, usable on their own or in combination with tailored-made content.

Content-sharing makes it possible for all custom materials to be e-mailed and distributed to family, friends and professionals.

IVONA text-to-speech voices are accurate and natural-sounding, providing audio playback of sentences constructed in the grid-display AAC app.

SpecialNeedsWare is confident that AutisMate Lite can give those who work with individuals with autism an excellent sense of AutisMate’s full potential and benefits. “We are excited to offer AutisMate LITE. This is an opportunity for everyone to take AutisMate for a test drive, unlock its potential and uncover the difference it will have on improving communication and life skills for individuals with autism,” says Jonathan Izak, SpecialNeedsWare’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer.

AutisMate LITE and AutisMate are available at the iTunes App Store.

About Us

SpecialNeedsWare, LLC, is a New York-based software developer established to use modern technology to improve and enrich the lives of those with special needs. The company’s lead product is AutisMate, an iPad learning app for individuals with autism. AutisMate provides a comprehensive solution for parents, therapists, researchers and professionals that improves communication and life skills for individuals with autism and other related learning impairments.

The AutisMate learning app extends far beyond other visual scene display and AAC learning apps with its Smart ScenesTM technology that assists in learning and developing BOTH communication and life skills.

Smart ScenesTM technology is unique by allowing users to completely customize everything within the app. It is this technology that enables the user to not only personalize the content, but also apply this content to relevant skills and life experiences they need to learn.

The integration provides a progressive approach that helps the user transition from one developmental stage to the next.

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