Wearable Technology and Autism

Wearable Technology and Autism

I am experimenting with Quora Blogs, where my first blog post was about using technology to overcome human limits.  My second blog post is about wearable technology.   It was inspired by the impending release of the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch, and the Tech Crunch article “Your Turn, Apple”.

I believe wearable technology has huge implications for those with disabilities.  In fact, I believe wearable technology will do more for children and adults with disabilities than tablets.  This is a special moment.  Why?  Autism is a disability sure to benefit from wearable technology in general and smartwatches in particular.



Anyone can find holes in my vision, but only those with vision will find hope.   This list of 10 ways wearable technology will help those with Autism is for those who hope.

  1. Wandering – sensory feedback watches they never take off so they wander no more

  2. Anxiety – helping those who love them be aware of heightened stress, so we can adjust their environment

  3. Social Awareness – helping strangers (think law enforcement) be more aware of their emotional state (fear etc.)

  4. Inclusion – imagine if their smartwatch interacts with other children – endless possibilities

  5. Medical – everything anyone needs to know about their medical needs and sensitivites securely yet readily available

  6. Education – upload what happens at school, download it at home, and keep home and school in sync for increased progress

  7. Communication – AAC reaches an entirely new level (things we can’t imagine until we have the watches in our hands)

  8. Navigation – guiding them through their daily schedule, reminding, and providing aid when lost

  9. Protection – when parents or loved ones leave them in the care of others, wearable tech will let you monitor for safety

  10. Entertainment – imagine the fun


What ways do you believe wearable technology will help those with Autism?

Go ahead!

About Russ Ewell

Since 1994 I have been devoted to the research and application of innovative technology solutions to education. My passion for these pursuits has been driven by my experience as a parent of children with special needs. During the economic technological growth explosion of the 1990's I was lived and worked in Silicon Valley, and was fortunate enough to find a group of people with similar interests and passions. As a result I was able to launch a non-profit called Hope Technology Group whose mission became advancing the use of technology in education. We eventually launched Hope Technology School, which has used technology to build a fascinating and effective educational program that practices full inclusion. Around the same time, I was fortunate enough to develop and build an awarding winning program called E-Soccer with the help of great friends and excellent coaches. These endeavors have left me with a continuing hunger to learn more about the possibilites of education, technology, and inclusion.

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