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Azahar Portal: Improving communication of people with autism

Azahar is a set of applications available for free download, for communication, leisure and planning via tablet, computer or smartphone, to help to improve the quality of life and autonomy of people with autism and/or intellectual disability.
The applications contain pictograms, images and sounds which can be adapted to each user. New icons, photos of the person and his/her family voices, etc. can also be used, in order to ensure the maximum level of personalization for each application.
In this way, Azahar the applications can be adjusted to the user’s preferences and needs, according to the level of complexity he/she can handle.
In addition to the applications, the platform Azahar includes a configuration interface, which enables tutors (carers, family, teachers, etc.) to personalise Azahar to ensure the user can gain maximum benefit from each application.
Azahar it is based on the TEACCH programme philosophy for offering a clear visual structure. One of the applications, the SENTENCES CONTRUCTION takes its inspiration from the PECS system.
Azahar is compatible with the Windows, iOS (iPad/iPhone) and Android systems.

2. Oö. Kinder-Medien-Studie 2010

This study gives an overview about the use of media by children aged 3-10, taking into account the points of view of children, their parents and their educators. It shows that even very young children use media very frequently - mobiles, Internet and computers are very often part of their everyday lives.

3. Oö. Kinder-Medien-Studie 2012

This study gives an overview about the use of media by children aged 3-10, taking into account the points of view of children, their parents and their educators. It shows significant changes between 2007 and 2012: Generally, the world of media is explored by the children in a playful way. Audio or video are used much more frequently in education compared to the previous studies; many children aged 6-10 already are into web 2.0 and social media. However, parents are aware of the possible dangers of the Internet and request information on using it safely.

1. Oö. Kinder-Medien-Studie 2007

In 2007, Education Group conducted its first study on the use of media by children aged 3-10, taking into account the points of view of children, their parents and their educators.

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