Autism - using digital technology to learn and integrate

The only business foundation working with the cause of autism, we promote the potential of new technology in our work. For 5 years, we have been supporting the use of digital technology for people with autism, because it has proven to be effective in many situations in training and learning. This is a chance for integration in the working world and in society in general.

Education - encouraging developments since 2013

Digital technology has already existed for some years to help people with autism. Projects with tablet-based learning that we have supported since 2013 have quickly proven to be effective, particularly with children. Education apps have become a solution for numerous young people, whether they are integrated or not within the mainstream school system. For this reason and to go even further, we have produced applications-autisme.com, a collaborative platform that allows people to find the most suitable education application among hundreds of apps for their need and for their particular autistic condition.

Tsara is an autism awareness game to help with getting good reactions and the best possible responses when interacting with a person with autism in day-to-day situations. Tsara is available for free on the web and on the Appstore and Google Play thanks to our support.

Professional training - towards new digital careers

For people with high-functioning Asperger’s syndrome, access to work is still very difficult. Their excellent intellectual levels are too often hidden by their differences and their difficulty in understanding the social codes of non-autistic people, and vice-versa. The atypical potential of people with Asperger’s is often perfectly suited to numerous careers in the digital sector where they can excel in numerous tasks.
Five out of ten people with Asperger’s have recently been recruited with permanent contracts by businesses after having been trained as web developers in the form of certified training that we financed. This training programme was implemented by the association "le mouton à 5 pattes" in partnership with the training business Compéthance, the Centre for Autism Resources in Nord Pas de Calais and numerous businesses. Its success can be explained by its adaptation to the needs of the students. These include the need to precisely define the conditions and organisation of lessons, the need of a relaxation room, a facilitator, an interface with the families, and individualised follow-ups for searching for jobs or internships.

 

 

Digital technology and autism - new perspectives

How do you optimise the use of digital technology to help people with autism? This is the objective of the RAN (Autism and Digital Technologies Network) that we created in 2015 with autism professionals and Orange Solidarité staff members across 7 regions of France. By sharing experiences, we can move forward together to share good practice and move towards new methods to help people with autism:

  • Proper training with digital tools for professionals is needed, along with an ethical charter on tablet usage.
  • Virtual reality can be an ideal solution to help people with autism and allow them to deal with anxiety-inducing situations or a new environment.
  • The connected watches used by Malville SESSAD show the advantages on the understanding and sequencing of activities. However, a relatively long adjustment time is needed, so it is also necessary to involve the family and carry out functional improvements.
  • The use of one of the foundation’s Solidarity Fablabs and its digital tools by people with autism is being considered for a trial run.

And for facilitating access to healthcare, SantéBD, an app for improving understanding, getting rid of fears and facilitating communication between patient and carer during medical, dental, paramedic and hospital consultations.
With downloadable and printable sheets from the website, with illustrations and explanations in French that are easy to read and to understand, SantéBD is a great educational and accessible resource.

 

 

 

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