University researchers, with the help of Microsoft, are releasing software for Windows Mobile phones that uses pictures to help autistic children communicate. The software, available for download under an open-source license, lets kids form visual sentences by touching the phone’s screen to select pictures and move them around.
The program is being developed by Gondy Leroy of Claremont Graduate University and Gianluca De Leo of Old Dominion University. It takes advantage of the established Picture Exchange Communication System, which is more commonly used with laminated paper cards.
Microsoft is publicizing the application in conjunction with World Autism Awareness Day.