TERRE HAUTE -- Autism affects more than one million Americans and is the fastest-growing developmental disability, according to the Autism Society of America.
People with autism benefit from assistive technology in areas such as social interaction skills, expressive communication and overall understanding of the environment.
The INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads will host a year-long series of free, by appointment only "Demo Days" showcasing different assistive technology devices. The next Demo Day will feature devices that assist people with autism will take place Friday, Dec. 4, at the WILL Center, 4312 S. 7th St., Terre Haute.
To register for a free half-hour appointment during Demo Days, call Carol Girt at 1-888-466-1314. Those interested in attending are asked to register by 4 p.m., Dec. 3.
A variety of devices will be demonstrated with a particular emphasis on autism, including touch screens, adaptive keyboards, trackballs, visual and schedule assistant, and some communication devices. Attendees will also learn about the assistive technology loan library.
The Demo Day gives those individuals who make an appointment the opportunity to experience an abbreviated one-on-one device demonstration during which they learn how assistive technology can increase independence through a hands-on session with the many low-tech and high-tech assistive technology devices available.
The INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads provides information and access to assistive technology, at no charge, for Hoosiers with disabilities.
The statewide services are derived through the Indiana Assistive Technology Act (INDATA) state/federal grand and include device demonstration, device loans, recycled computers, reutilized assistive technology equipment, alternative financing resources and educational trainings and conferences.
For more information, visit the INDATA blog at blog.eastersealstech.com.