By Rob Harris (Statewide Drive Victoria)
Lisa Domican's creative mind has given her daughter a most valuable gift - a voice.
The mother of two autistic children,
|Grace and her mother Lisa Domican (picture from ABC Drive website)|
who hails from Ballarat but now lives with her family in Ireland, has developed a picture-based application for smart phones and electronic tablets which help children with autism to communicate.
Ms Domican's son Liam was diagnosed in the Royal Brisbane Hospital in 2000, while Grace was diagnosed by a paediatrician in Ballarat in 2001, just before the family moved abroad.
The technology is tailored to meet the needs of individual children and helps them communicate through pictures on a touch screen.
Ms Domican, who last year was awarded a United Nations award at World Summit Award Mobile for e-Learning and education, named the application Grace app - in honour of her 11-year-old daughter.
"Grace was my research team and the other kids in her school also tested it," Ms Domican said.
"I didn't really have a clue what to do, but I was reading a blog about a developer who making about 5000 euros a week making games. I wrote to him and he said it sounded like a great thing and then we met."
Ms Domican said the application was made available through application stores last year and that she was planning to introduce the technology throughout autistic education around the world.
Grace app will be made available to download for free from April 1 to April 3 as a part of Autism Month.