Kennedy Krieger Institute Launches First National Online Autism Registry

Interactive Autism Network

Kennedy Krieger Institute announced the launch of the Interactive Autism Network (IAN), the first national online autism registry.Parents are filled with questions about autism, and, unfortunately, researchers are still struggling with many of the same questions. IAN brings these two groups together in a way that’s never been done before, through an online registry, to find answers.

New Medical Tablet PC from Motion Computing Available 4Q

Motion Computing C5

Earlier this month Motion Computing announced the C5, a new Tablet PC designed specifically for the medical community. The device, available in the 4th Quarter of 2007, will include security features (including a biometric fingerprint reader and RFID reader), an integrated camera and built-in dictation capabilities. The C5 will run on either Windows Vista Business or Windows XP Tablet PC Edition.

Read more about the C5 on the Motion Computing site.

Article: Designing from Requirements: a Case Study of Project Spectrum

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An article on the development of a school learning environment for autistic children that incorporates computers and other technology was recently published. The article details the classroom design led by Coventry University’s Design Ergonomics Applied Research Group.

Abstract: Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders suffer from varying degrees of qualitative impairments in social interaction, communication and restricted patterns of behaviour. This is accompanied by hyper- and hypo-sensitivities in each of the senses. Given that each child seems to have a unique profile, there is a clear need to develop systems that may not only be of benefit and pleasure to them, but that are also tailorable to their individual characteristics. This paper outlines the research undertaken in understanding the characteristics of children with ASD and how such an understanding has led to the development of a low cost, multimedia environment for mainstream schools.

For a copy of the complete paper, e-mail Jenny Murray of Communications Management at jenny@communicationsmanagement.co.uk.

More information about the project is available here.