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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: November 15, 2010 @ 7:01 pm

    Grace App wins new award

    Ciara O'Brien

    After a successful trip the Irish Web Awards this year, Grace App has now been recognised on the world stage. The app, which is designed to help children with autism communicate, has won the United Nations World Summit – Mobile Award for e-Learning and Education.

    The app for iPhone and iPad was developed by Lisa Domican, a mother of two children with autism, and Steven Troughton-Smith. They also got O2 Ireland on board.

    If you haven’t seen it yet, it replaces the PECS system, which uses pictures stuck to velcro to form sentences and make requests. There’s a number of advantages to using the app instead of the traditional book. It’s a lot easier to update for a start, as it doesn’t involve having to create new pictures from scratch. It’s also more discreet than the PECS book and easier to ensure that the child has it with them at all times.

    The application, which is named after Lisa’s daughter, has been developed further with the help of feedback from users. The full story is here and here.

    It was also named best mobile application at the Irish Web Awards this year, a well deserved award.

    Since Grace App went live on the app store earlier this year, it has sold around 600 copies, which is great for an application that is basically a niche product. There is also a campaign seeking old iPhones to give to children to try out the app. You can learn more about that here.

    Lisa will travel to Abu Dhabi in a couple of weeks to collect the award. Congratulations!

    • Thanks so much once again Ciara, and thanks for the links. Another donated iPhone being delivered to West Cork this Friday. And I have 2 devices on loan to young Adults with Autism whose parents never had the opportunities for access to technology that we have today. The my charity campaign is opening more doors to learning and potential all the time.
      So Huge Thanks to You and IT readers xx