Sunday, April 4, 2010

My TEDx Talk: Imaginable Intelligence; Everyone deserves to be Heard


Lisa Domican is a Wicklow based mother of two autistic children. She set up the company Grace App Communication, and developed a simple picture communication app in collaboration with a successful games developer that allows non verbal people with Autism and other disabilities to communicate effectively. In interacting with people with autism, Lisa advocates in ‘the 3 As’: Awareness, Acceptance and making Allowances. She hopes through using these steps people can help reduce the challenges that make having living with autism in a world designed for “normal” people so stressful.








From TV3 Morning Show in 2011









49 comments:

Make Do Style said...

So brilliant. Loved listening to it all. I'll forgive you the O2 top on the basis of their wonderful support xxx

Jean said...

Great post (and very important for techno-phobes like me!!!)...it's such a great app...gotta get my fella past you tubing to use it tho lol XXX

Jen said...

Still in the teaching phase with the iTouch here too, but getting this so that I can be familiar with it before my son uses it. He loves technology and this will be great for him (and it was a great excuse for me to make the big purchase!!). Busy week for you Hammie, I hope you got some well deserved rest over the weekend:) Jen.

Cam said...

well done
I'm so proud of you
x

Sister Wolf said...

I am SO in love with you, tell Mr. Hammie I might have to challenge him to a duel.

p.s. I can't believe how big the kids are! Love them also, xo

Hammie said...

Kate: there was a world autism day fundraiser in o2 that morning and "wear your jersey" day. That is the Irish Rugby top. I couldn't wear my vintage wallabies one as it is sponsored by "another" phone company.

Jean Jeannie: don't be afraid. It's just a small ICU unit really....

Jen: they love it too much. We have to keep up with THEM! xx (ps. Hope you put in for tax rebate)

WendyB said...

I can't concentrate on what you're saying because I'm focused on your BEAUTY!!!!

Make Do Style said...

Also might I challenge both Mr Hammie and Sister Wolf to a duel! Forgot to say on here but obviously told you on facebook of your beauty. I was only teasing ref rugby top - have you not seem my Welsh flag skirt!!

Xbox4NappyRash said...

Very very very well done.

Nan P. said...

Hammie, this was brilliant: not just the huge amount of work you put into this project for months and months, but the interview as well. Well done girl! And thank you for the help and hope you are giving so many people...

And yes, you do look fantastic! ;-)

Petunia said...

How amazing do you look missus!! Fantastic interview and lovely footage of the kids & Mr. H too :) So proud to know you xx

Nick McGivney said...

What that Petunia said. :D

La Belette Rouge said...

Congratulations!!!! You must be so proud and excited!!!
xxoo

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jazzygal said...

Fabulous Hammie. And you do indeed look fabulous. Congrats!! xx Jazzy

Top Bird @ Wee Birdy said...

OMGeee, I recognised your daughter's photo on the front page of Sydney Morning Herald online and was so excited when I read the article.

http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/smartphone-apps/autism-iphone-breakthrough-from-tantrums-to-appy-days-20100416-sjjl.html

Congrats honey, so pleased for you. xx

Anonymous said...

Saw your pic and Grace on the SMH website - fantastic!

Vintage Verve said...

I just read about this on The Age's website and just knew it had to be you - a massive congratulations!

ajt320 said...

I have been following all of the media and think this is a wonderful application. Congratulations.
As an aside - what about a windows mobile version of the same application? I know communicationautism.com developed PixTalk but it won't run on newer 800x420 resolution phones (like my HTC HD2). Our 4 year old daughter on the spectrum shows such aptitude with computers and it would a shame that parents on the dark side (windows mobile platforms!) miss out!

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Karinadawn said...

I think it is an awesome application and I intend to purchase it as I work with children with autism.

One question ...if I buy it now for my itouch, can I use the same app for an ipad that I purchase later?

thanks

Karen

Hammie said...

Karinadawn - To paraphrase a well known politician yes! you can.

Go to http://blog.steventroughtonsmith.com/2010/03/grace-picture-exchange-for-non-verbal.html#comment-form

for more information on this - he is the actual developer. xx

Julie said...

Do I need internet access to run the Grace app, or is it able to be downloaded on my Itouch and can be utilized without internet access??

Thanks in advance...

Julie

Hammie said...

Hi Julie- once Grace App is purchased on iTunes from the app store; you needn't log on to the internet again.


If you are using an iPhone or iTouch- as we do in school, you can log into iTunes and update the App when in a wifi zone. But you can also download updates on your desktop computer from the internet and just syncronise them to the iTouch or iPhone.

Updates are free - you see a little red number in your App store when there is one available. And we will update whenever the software improves, or we have added in some more pictures or categories.

But other than that the app runs perfectly as is, with or without the internet.

Thanks for asking! If you need any more information, you could also log in to the new Grace App blog I set up

http://graceappforautismoniphone.blogspot.com/

or join the Facebook Fan page.

Take care xx

violeta said...

Hi there
very well said and explained - you have a way with words! Well done,
V
XX

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