Helpful Websites

Independent Living Centre WA – Tables and Smartphone Resource Page
The ILC Tech team have developed the following resources based on common enquiries. These resources are designed to be a starting point when sourcing information on assistive technology.
http://ilc.com.au/ilc-tech-resources-tablets-smartphones/

Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything
This website was created by Educational Technologist, Kathy Schrock, and provides links, tips and tricks for using technology for learning.
http://www.schrockguide.net/index.html

Jane Farrall Consulting
This site was created by Speech Pathologist and Special Educator, Jane Farrall, and provides information on literacy, AAC and switch adapted apps.
http://www.janefarrall.com/html/ipad.html

Moms With Apps
This website provides information on apps that meet specific privacy and child-appropriate criteria from the perspective of parents. Membership is required to view the content.
http://momswithapps.com

Department of Education Victoria – iPads for Education
This website is designed for teachers and other education staff and provides information about specially selected apps, classroom ideas and technical tips.
http://ipadsforeducation.vic.edu.au

Spectronics – Apps for Special Education
This website provides a list of reviewed apps for special education.
http://www.spectronicsinoz.com/apps-for-special-education

Tony Vincent – Learning in Hand
This website provides the perspective of an experienced teacher around digital technology in the classroom.
http://learninginhand.com/

Autism Queensland
This website from Autism Queensland provides an ‘APPraisal of APPropriate APPs’ five-point rating system to help parents select the right apps for their children. There are app reviews based on learning categories such as ‘social skills’, ‘language’ and education’         http://www.autismqld.com.au/page/564/APP-GUIDE

Bronwyn Sutton – The Learning App Guide
This website was created by recognised Speech Pathologist, Bronwyn Sutton, and identifies a variety of apps that may support learning, communication, and skill development for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. An annual fee applies to view all content. However, a trial period is available on registation.
https://learningappguide.com/

Cases and Accessories

There are many cases available for an iPad. Two cases that may be suitable are
Griffin Survivor Case

http://store.griffintechnology.com/ipad/ipad-2/survivor-ipad-3

A highly durable case that can protect from water and dust. Consider that it has sealed ports that can be fiddly.

Gumdrop Drop Tech Series Case

http://www.gumdropcases.com/drop-series-ipad-2-case.html

A highly durable case with reinforced corners and port protectors. Consider if the ridged texture on the case may be a distraction for your child.

There is also a range of accessories available for the iPad such as external speakers, headphones and keyboards.

For more information on iPad cases and accessories please visit the Independent Living Centre for further recommendations.

http://www.ilc.com.au/pages/ilc-tech-resources

Technical Support

The Autism Association of WA is not able to provide technical support for the use of your iPad. Please contact your place of purchase or Apple support at

http://www.apple.com/au/support/contact/

Online Safety

If your child has internet access it is important to consider how to keep them safe online and ensure they are only visiting appropriate sites. It is also worth considering who your child may be communicating with online. Some great suggestions can be found here:

http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/
http://www.staysmartonline.gov.au/
http://www.kidspot.com.au/schoolzone/TV-&-internet-Online-safety-for-kids+4606+398+article.htm

You can restrict access to different apps and components of your iPad by going through the Settings section. Look at settings > restrictions > accessibility > guided access. For more help with restrictions look here:

http://ipad.about.com/od/iPad_Guide/ss/How-To-Enable-iPad-Parental-Controls-Restrictions.htm

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