Apple Shows Support for Autism Acceptance Month with Two New Videos, Watch it Here
In line with the celebration of Autism Acceptance Month this April, Apple released two powerful, thought-provoking videos featuring the life and struggles of an autistic kid and how the iPad had greatly helped him.
Besides being a promotional video for the iPad, Apple released the two videos to inform the general public that everyone has a voice to be heard.
The two videos featured Dillan Barmache, a non-verbal autistic teen.
The first video, "Dillan's Voice," was narrated by Dillan with the help of an assistive communication app on the iPad.
In this video, he shared his experiences and struggles in communicating with other people. But all of this changes with the help of the device.
The second video, "Dillan's Path," provided some background information about the teen.
In this video, Dillan's mother Tabi and his therapist shared their experiences with him.
According to Apple Insider, Apple's iPad has generated positive feedback from parents, therapists and autistic children and adults for being a breakthrough communication tool for people who find it difficult to speak verbally.
Apple encourages developers to produce new accessibility apps, podcasts and books that can greatly help facilitate learning for users who have vision, hearing, physical or learning difficulties.
Apple also has a collection of apps for people with autism, called "Voice of Autism."
The app that was used by Dillan in both videos is the Proloquo4Text.
This is not the first time that the teen appeared on the headlines.
In 2014, ABC 7 featured Dillan giving an inspirational graduation address in front of his fellow graduates, parents and faculty staff of Hale Charter Academy in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles. After the speech, the crowd gave him a standing ovation.
The Autism Acceptance Month, celebrated every April, was first organized by Paula Durbin Westby in 2011 as a response to traditional "autism awareness" campaigns which the autistic community found harmful and insufficient.