2. Products and Services
A List of Devices, Apps, Assistive Technology. The products presented on this list represent a sampling of the devices, applications, or assistive technology that are available and may be useful and helpful as emergency planning tools.
Please remember that there is no single device, application, or type of assistive technology that has universal application. These are offered as possible solutions; there are many others and many others will continue to be developed. A product's inclusion on this list does not, in any way, constitute a recommendation or endorsement of that product.
4. Video Modeling
Video modeling is a tool that helps to develop and strengthen communication skills, and social and self help skills for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The person watches a video that shows what to do and how to respond to a particular situation , such as an emergency, and them memorizes and refers to the response so that he/she will do the same when that situation arises.
Fire and Safe Place
Listen to Police
Testimony from Linda
Testimony from Deputy
6. Tech Apps: Autism 5-Point Scale EP
A tech app has been created, based on the 5-Point Scale, that can be used to identify and convey stress and anxiety levels in emergency situations.
This app is available free of charge at the Apple Store.
Available for Android phone and tablet on Google Play App Store
Available for Kindle Fire HD tablet and
Important Notice: The recent Apple update to iOS 8 has caused crashing issues in the iPhone and iPad versions of the "Telling Your Story" and "Autism Help! (5-Point Emergency Planning)" apps. If you have these apps installed and have updated your device to iOS 8, we are aware of the issues and will be issuing an update soon. Users of iOS 7 and earlier may continue to use the app with no problems. A separate notice will be issued when the iOS 8 compatible update is available at the iTunes App Store. Google Play and Kindle versions are unaffected.
7. Other Resources
Connecticut Guide for Including People with Disabilities in Disaster Preparedness
The AAC-RERC recognized the need for downloadable ready-made communication boards with core vocabulary for emergency situations. Diane N. Bryen, professor emerita, Temple University coordinated groups of volunteers who developed Communication 4 ALL, symbolated sets of communication boards available in multiple languages. The sets are available in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole languages from the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University:
TherapyTimes.com: No One to Speak for Them:
Emergency preparedness resources for those with speech disabilities
Los Angeles Emergency Planning Lawsuit Press Release