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Walters-specific app for visitors with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD).

The prevalence of autism is increasing at an alarming rate and is now considered to affect 1 in 68 children. Though autism occurs across a vast spectrum, many with the disorder experience challenges in communication and socialization; individuals with ASD think; process; communicate; interact; behave; learn; and experience the world in a variety of ways. As a result, self-guided visits to the museum may cause great stress or anxiety for both the individual and the adults accompanying him.

Numerous studies have shown the positive impact iPads have had as communication devices and accessibility resources, helping to engage the user in meaningful and individualized ways. I write to propose a Walters-specific app for visitors with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD). This digital, mobile resource would help prepare first-time visitors; reacquaint returning visitors; enable visitors to tailor museum experiences to meet individual needs; guide visitors through museum galleries in sensory-friendly ways; and ultimately build visitor confidence.

Below are a handful of apps that may serve as a jumping off point:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/autismate/id512132428?mt=8
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/aurasma/id432526396?mt=8
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kid-in-story-book-maker-create/id594403164?mt=8

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    Ashley HoslerAshley Hosler shared this idea  ·   ·  Admin →

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      • Torsten KnabeTorsten Knabe commented  · 

        I think this is an interesting idea to make the museum more accessible, although I think something like this should only be attempted if a significant part of the design process included autistic people.

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