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ongoing connection and sharing of views. Autreach IT is my bit of this network - a social enterprise offering IT services run by autistic people for the autistic people who need them most see www.autreachit.co.uk for more
Why has Information Technology including Internet become a Human Rights issue?
United Nations has declared it a human rights violation to withhold Internet access www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/06/internet-ahuman-right/ see also the Cisco Connected World Technology Report (CCWTR) www.cisco.com/assets/sol/ent/business_trend/bor derless/ccwtr/CCWTR-infographic.html
Article 21: - Freedom of expression and opinion, and access to information States Parties shall take all appropriate measures to ensure that persons with disabilities can exercise the right to freedom of expression and opinion, including the freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas on an equal basis with others and through all forms of communication of their choice, as defined in article 2 of the present Convention, including by:
Much legislative support from both this and the previous government Valuing people now (DOH 2009) Addressing the issues for people with complex needs is really about embedding the principles of personalisation within all aspects of planning. 4 . It is also about recognising that the very particular support needs of an individual will mean very individualised support packages. including systems for facilitating meaningful two-way communication. commissioning and delivery of support services.
org/files/downloads/page/2010/12/augmentative_and_alternative_communication_a_r ep_17952. Raidiowaves https://www. Department of Health http://www.dh.D.un.doc Accessed 9/10/2011 NHS Choices (2010) Specialised Services National Definitions Set.dh.specialisedservices. Augmentative Communication News 5(3) Care Services improvement partnership (2007) Safeguarding Adults with Learning Disabilities http://www.uk%2Ffas s%2Fpdf%2FSafeguarding%2520Adults%2520Report.herefordshirelink.google.org/disabilities/convention/conventionfull.dh.Award . September 2010 http://www. NHS Choices http://www.uk/story/43493/title/ratificationoftheuncrpdunitednationsconventionontherightsofperson swithdisabilites Accessed 9/10/2011 Blackstone .gov.co. (2009) Ratification of the UNCRPD: United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.hull. (1992) Rethinking the basics.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_117353 Accessed 9/10/2011 Department of Health (2009) Valuing people now: a new three-year strategy for people with learning disabilities Making it happen for everyone http://www.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_093377 Accessed 9/10/2011 Department of Health (2007) Services for people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour or mental health needs http://www.uk/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CF0QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww2.S.pdf&ei=k7eRTtOuFIi1hAfJ653rDw&usg=AFQjCNG_P2Evzq0lsoW4C DjRZB1xR1N_tA&sig2=-WpBkulyenT3j9ZST8uh7Q Accessed 9/10/2011 Department of Health (2010) Equality and excellence: Liberating the NHS.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_080129 Accessed 9/10/2011 Office of the Communication Champion (2010) Augmentative and alternative communication: a report on provision for children and young people in England.gov.ac.co.gov.uk/documents/index/document_category_id:26 United Nations (2006) United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities http://www.shtml Accessed 9/10/2011 5 .radiowaves.nhs.
Not being able to speak does not mean not being able to think. or enjoy oneself 6 . or contribute.Why? and Why it specially matters if speech is too challenging.
scientificamerican.com/article.Not being able to speak does not mean not being able to think..org.. see Richard Mill s Introduction to this talk for some of the evidence also please see www.uk 7 .autismandcomputing.al-ofautistic-kids and www..
Background understanding of autism in this talk in autism there is a different distribution of processing resource N such that switching from one interest to another is painful/ shocking or at least challenging .uk for varied supporting arguments 8 .the steeper the attention tunnel formation tends to be.autismandcomputing. This is based on the interest model of mind I proposed in my PhD Language and Interests (UCL 1986) which makes sense of a wide range of research results re cognition and perception across the whole spectrum of humanity. please see www. underlies the social issues in autism and the linguistic ones as well as the often found sensory and coordination challenges. In our view this pattern. with intensive deep absorption and potential super levels of local processing activity alternating with confusion and perhaps cognitive defeat. the harder it is to shift processing resource to a new focus and the harder it is to handle sudden extraneous events.org.
and its time and place in our lives can be controlled it makes communication so easy 9 .Why does anyone like IT? it spares so much effort it gives so many opportunities to develop and exchange ideas its pace.
Why do autistic people like IT? it spares so much effort it gives so many opportunities to develop and exchange ideas its pace and its time and place in our lives can be controlled it makes communication so easy PLUS communication is the key to unblocking issues with society 10 .
IT plus Internet = Access Access to ± current culture: arts. bureaucrats. etc ± social networks ± armchair commerce bargains 11 . friends. politics ± encyclopaedic information ± communication family. MPs. sports. social workers. key people.
poor people worldwide benefit most education opportunity scope connection employment most autistic adults are poor 12 .
Why does anyone like touch screen handheld devices? all the above PLUS portable personal intimate immediate shareable 13 .
Why do autistic people like touch screen handheld devices? As above. very keenly felt AND communication is the key to unblocking issues with society 14 .
Why do people who don t use speech like these devices? Possibly all the above PLUS Voice Output Communication Aids .VOCAs non-speech options ± creativity. play. video 15 . music.
changing the world of autism 16 .com/ .http://carlysvoice.
http://carlysvoice.com/ Carly s Voice changing the world of autism 17 .
audio 18 . and the levers of power on tap sharing and communicating with people near and far on tap recording ± video.Why people say they need these devices on tap entertainment on tap connection with friends. family.
why people who don t speak need these devices all the above PLUS equal footing. well. relatively equal communication potential not speaking does not mean not having something to say! 19 .
php SEE ALSO for more by Drew and several others www.org/pov/voicescape/2011/drewmorton-goldsmith-middleton-wis.youtube.Some of Drew Goldsmith s videos www.com/apps/videos/s how/12786381-something-about-us 20 .modelaircraftmuseum.pbs.com/watch?v=SfOgXSCNp-g http://vimeo.com/20504935 www.
Being treated as an equal texts emails voice output communication aids 21 .
The Alternative: typically. people who don t speak ± are meagrely entertained ± are minimally connected with others ± have little to share ± have no means of communicating effectively ± have no access to the levers of power 22 .
Individually they tend to be seen as idiots collectively they tend to be= seen as disposable: all cost no benefit https://ballastexistenz.wordpress.com/ commercially they are seen as both a source of funds and a drain on those funds sometimes a spectacular drain! 23 .
aspx and Knapp 2007 www.nao.pdf 24 .org.uk/publications/0809/autism.sanctions? Few and rarely enforced legal penalties for failure Costly alternatives of angry and unfulfilled people see NAO 2009 report www.autismspeaks.uk/document_downloads /Reports/economic_costs_of_autism_knapp_rom eo_beecham.org.
cost in cash two staff for every outing secure setting over all high staffing levels replacement of materials staff turnover empty beds 25 .
cost in Quality of Life exclusion depersonalisation stupefaction neglect abuse 26 .
what could the benefits be? a sense of personal efficacy opportunities for creativity and play 27 .
a sense of personal efficacy freedom from boredom opportunities for creativity and play 28 .
what could the benefits be? opportunities for discovery and lifelong learning 29 .
who can be understood ability to be socially useful 30 . recognition as a real person.
chances to connect with other people on an equal footing 31 ..capacity to join the ongoing discussions that constantly reshape the social world .
service providers have the satisfaction of doing their jobs properly personal emotional rewards of seeing people fulfilled and engaged with evidently valuable concerns and projects save money everyone will be happier? 32 .
excerpt from CBS 60 minutes Autism Apps produced by Karen Sughrue 33 .
advice and feedback to for a small grant and much support to Autreach IT 34 .Thanks due Too many to say but. specifically for this talk Wendy Keay Bright for Reactickles and Somantics clips www.org Saskia Baron for getting us the CBC Apps DVD Charlotte Stace for research.reactickles.somantics.org & www.
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