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Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 6:01am

Researchers Develop Autism Phone App

Updated: 4 years ago.
The University of Georgia has received grant money to develop a phone app. for people with autism and other disabilities. The three-year project will involve people with disabilites at every level. (Photo Courtesy of: Vincent J. Brown via Flickr)

University of Georgia researchers have received more than a million dollars to develop a mobile phone application for people with autism and developmental disabilities.

The grant from the Institute of Education Sciences allows a team of academics, educators, parents, and students to work together on the i-Skills system. The idea is to use existing technology to produce a roadmap of sorts for people with disabilities and autism.

The i-Skills would hold videos to help individuals communicate and live more independently. Researchers say it will be like a cookbook for everyday tasks. They plan to involve people with disabilities at every level of the three-year project.