TERRE HAUTE -- Autism affects more than one million Americans and is the fastest-growing development 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 understanding the environment.
The INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads is hosting a year-long series of free statewide "Demo Days," showcasing assistive technology devices for a wide variety of disabilities.
The next "Demo Day," will feature devices that assist people with autism and will take place Friday, Aug. 6, at the WILL Center, 4312 S. 7th St., Terre Haute.
To register for a free half-hour appointment during "Demo Day," contact Carol Girt at 1-888-466-1314. Register by 4 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 5.
Those interested in learning about assistive technology devices for other disabilities should also contact Girt.
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.
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.
In some cases, the assistive technology provided can ultimately determine whether someone is able to work outside of their home or attend a public school.
In addition, the technology can be used to help better the interaction and communication between individuals and their families or friends.
For more information, visit the INDATA blog at blog.eastersealstech.com.