In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, we searched the ABLEDATA database to locate products, devices, and other technologies related to autism. Assistive technologies support people with autism at school, at work, and at home. Products found in our search included pressure garments, augmentative and alternative communication devices, therapeutic socialization and educational toys, sensory distraction, and various others. In addition, we found a wide variety of commercial resources available for autism-related products including toys and games for children with autism. The organization, Autism Speaks, provides a listing of toys and games as well as sensory devices on their website http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/resource-library/toys-games and http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/resource-library/sensory-tools-products (respectively).
Autism Awareness Month is sponsored by the Autism Society. For more information, resources, and supports related to autism and autism spectrum disorders please visit http://www.autismspeaks.org, nationalautismassociation.org, http://www.autism-society.org, or the CDC page on Autism Spectrum Disorders: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/index.html
NARIC works with our NIDRR-funded sister agency, ABLEDATA, to provide referral to objective information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources to consumers, organizations, professionals, and caregivers within the United States. We serve the nation’s disability, rehabilitation, and senior communities. While ABLEDATA does not produce, distribute, or sell any of the products listed on their website they can provide consumers with information on how to contact manufacturers or distributors of these products. The ABLEDATA database is available for free on their website www.abledata.com and contains a listing of approximately 40,000 assistive products (i.e. commercial, non-commercial including do-it-yourself, prototypes, and custom adaptations).