Apple Initiatives for Autism Acceptance Day

For Autism Acceptance Day Thursday, April 2, Apple is highlighting helpful resources — including top apps, accessibility tips, promoting creativity, and home education help — for parents and families of neurodiverse children during this time of shelter at home and social distancing.

Apps for Autism

App Store has curated an extensive collection of useful apps to support neurodiversity and people with autism spectrum disorder. They include amazing apps to learn, play, create, communicate, and ways to share your voice with the world — including for individuals who are non-speaking.

App Store will unveil the collection in the Today section on Apr 2.

Creativity

For many individuals on the spectrum, art and creativity provide powerful forms of self expression. Throughout April, Apple is celebrating great artistic talent from this community and highlighting their sources of inspiration.

Apple is collaborating with The Art of Autism nonprofit for ‘Created on iPad,’ an online exhibit featuring 15 emerging artists who identify as autistic. The exhibit goes live this Thursday on the-art-of-autism.com.

Kayla Cromer

The Apple TV Inspirations series will feature Kayla Cromer, trailblazing actor and one of the first people on the spectrum to play the role of a character on the spectrum in a major series. Cromer stars as Matilda in the Freeform comedy ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Okay,” and will share films that have inspired her passion for acting.

Help with Remote Learning

Apple Education is offering new support resources for teachers and parents, including those working with neurodiverse students. This includes one-on-one virtual coaching sessions with Apple Professional Learning specialists.

App Store also has a collection of Learn and Study From Home apps to help all learners across multiple subjects. In addition Apple Education is providing videos with product-focused tips for remote learning, and Apple has posted info on how to customize your iPad to make learning more accessible`:

https://www.apple.com/accessibility/ipad/learning/