ideas, innovations and apps for social work in the age of smartphones and social media
Tony Gentry1, Stephanie Lau2, Alissa Molinelli2, Amy Fallen3, Richard Kriner4
Personal digital assistants (PDAs) offer task management and organizational features that may be utilized to help people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) function more successfully in the workplace. Additionally, onboard video cameras and add-on software applications provide rich opportunities for the implementation of personalized vocational supports for individual workers. This article reports on three cases of workers with ASD who have been trained to use Apple iPod Touch PDAs as vocational supports in the workplace, resulting in improved functional performance and reduced behavioral challenges.
1Department of Occupational Therapy, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA
2Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA
3Career Support Services, Richmond, VA, USA
4Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, Richmond, VA, USA