This is the 60 Minutes segment, “Apps for Autism” which originally aired on October 23rd, 2011. It is such an interesting and informative piece. In it, Leslie Stahl discusses what it is like to have autism and how special Apps have provided breakthroughs in the communication barriers. Be sure to watch the 60 Overtime clip on Temple Grandin.
(CBS News)- For people with severe forms of autism, communication is often impossible, leaving them unable to convey what they want or need. But as Lesley Stahl reports, touch-screen apps designed for tablet computers like the iPad are now giving autistic people new ways to express themselves, some for the first time. Teachers and parents are hailing the technology as a breakthrough, one that can reveal the true depth of knowledge and emotion trapped behind a wall of silence.
In the weeks since Steve Jobs died, there has been an outpouring of gratitude from his fans for the way his inventions, like the iPad, changed their lives.
Among the most passionate are parents of children with severe forms of autism, especially those who can’t speak and appear hopelessly locked inside themselves. Those parents often say these kids understand more and know more than they’re able to communicate.
Well now, with the iPad and other tablet computers spreading through the autism community, some of those parents are finding out they were right.
It turns out that children with autism show a real interest in the iPad with its easy touch-and-swipe screens. With specially-designed applications, or apps, these computers are helping them communicate and unlocking the isolation.
To watch the full segemtent: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7385686n&tag=contentMain;contentBody