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Your Mobile Device as a Communication Tool for Special Needs Applications

Month of June features an awesome talk by Nabeela Jaffer on building mobile apps for children with special needs. 


Mobile devices are becoming popular day by day. They are easy to carry, easy to use and most of all, they are one device for multiple functions. You can use a smart phone to call people, set alarm to wake up, record appointments in the calendar and download tons of useful and fun apps. My app 'My Words' is one of those useful apps that is specially beneficial to someone who has speech impairment. The app can be setup to contain a list of useful words and phrases according to individual needs and interest. You can think of the app as a collection of 'Talking Flash Cards' , whenever the app user wants a glass of water, he/she can tap on the picture and the app will say 'Can I have a glass of water ?' or if the app user wants to ask where is the restroom in public setting, he/she can tap on the picture of the restroom and the app will convey the message. The recorded voice can be changed and it can be recorded in any language, hence it can be used all over the world. These Talking Flash Cards are saved in groups like daily needs, food, school, home, restaurants, and more.

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Presenter Bio:
Nabeela Jaffer is a Software Engineer by profession and has a passion for computer programming. She holds a BS in Computer Science from National University, Pakistan. She lived in Dallas, TX and took several classes at UT-D towards her grad in MS. Currently she is a grad student at College of Business, Eastern Michigan University.
Nabeela has over fifteen years of experience in software development and has developed several web and mobile apps on different platforms . She is a mother of five children, and her dream is to utilize her coding skills for the development of educational apps and apps for children with special needs. She has developed a few apps to help children with Autism and Cognitive impairment. Her passion is to help special kids using assistive technology, and she is highly motivated to increase the awareness of using augmentative communication tool. Recently she was a speaker at TEDx,UMDearborn and MTSA Conference 2014.

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  • Nabeela J.

    Thanks for giving me the opportunity to share information about using the mobile device as a communication tool. The app I have developed is called 'My Words' and is available in iTunes App store for $4.99, the website is
    Please feel free to email me: [masked] and I will be happy to send a promo code to any one who wishes to try the app and give me feedback.

    1 · June 3, 2014

  • Nancy F.

    I am representing MTAM and my 4 yr old daughter is rockin the extra chromosome (Down Syndrome). I'm very interested in this subject.

    June 2, 2014

  • James S.

    I loved this and Tweeted the URL - Localmobil ‏@LocalMobil Mobile has so many benefit opportunities to be fulfilled for special needs, hats off to this #specialneedsparenting

    May 2, 2014

    • Nabeela J.

      Thanks James . It is true that mobile devices have so many benefits and can provide a lot of opportunities for special needs.

      May 3, 2014

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