Teen Helps Navigate The Confusing World of Autism Apps


Contact:  Jack Kieffer                                                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 18, 2012

Email: jack@autismpluggedin.com




Every week, headlines tout the benefits of autism apps, iPad, iPhone, and Android technology for kids with autism and other special needs, but the economy is tough and technology is not cheap.  If a parent is lucky enough to get their hands on an iDevice or Android device, they are still stuck with the problem of navigating the overcrowded world of apps.  When they finally stumble upon a seemingly credible autism app, parents can be confronted with price tags that can range from $.99 up to $200!  With money tight these days, how is a parent to know which apps are worth the cost?


Enter an ambitious and passionate teenager, Jack Kieffer, of South Barrington, Illinois.  Three years ago, Jack began volunteering with special needs kids through his community’s Special Recreation Association.  His volunteer experience with kids who were using paper or laminated communication boards (based on the PECS system), inspired him to start a technology-based autism app review site, Autism Plugged In.

The iPad, iPhone, iPod, and various Android devices have been successfully used to educate and entertain kids affected by autism.  These devices are an easy-to-use and relatively affordable way to enhance an autistic child’s learning environment.  Jack’s website and weekly newsletter help parents navigate the multitude of apps available to those with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related disabilities.


“I have a 20 year old son with severe autism and have been looking for app’s on the web which are easy to access. Your site is easy to use and compiled beautifully. Wonderful to know that someone of your generation has the compassion and desire to help. Thank you!!!” said Marcy R., Autism Plugged In reader.


“We’re providing honest and thorough app reviews written by teachers, therapists, parents, and special needs volunteers.  These are people who really care about individuals with different abilities,” said Jack Kieffer, Autism Plugged In Founder.


Autism Plugged In recently achieved a milestone by assisting more than 70,000 parents, teachers, and individuals affected by autism.  These readers viewed over 185,000 pages, in more than 160 countries around the world since the site was started in April of 2011.


Through the efforts of Autism Plugged In, over $2,400 has been earned, collected, and donated to Jack’s favorite autism charity, the Organization for Autism Research (OAR), a 501(c)3, whose mission is to “apply research to the challenges of autism.”

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Autism Apps Review

About Autism Plugged In


Autism Plugged In (www.autismpluggedin.com) is a leading provider of product reviews for autism apps, special needs apps, and related technology.  Autism Plugged In offers global access to the latest teaching, learning, and communication technology geared to help those on the autism spectrum.  Autism Plugged In’s app review site is the easiest way for parents and teachers to find affordable and effective autism apps.


If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Jack Kieffer, please visit www.autismpluggedin.com or e-mail Jack at jack@autismpluggedin.com

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Who’s Behind Autism Plugged In?

Who’s Behind Autism Plugged In?

My name is Jack Kieffer and I'm a blogger sharing my love of technology at blogs like Cool Gizmo Toys, Greenamajigger, and here at Autism Plugged In where I'm trying to make a difference in the lives of children with autism.

Several years ago, I began volunteering with special needs kids, who gave me much joy and an appreciation for life. This blog is my way of giving back. Any proceeds from this effort are used to support my friends with autism. Read more about Jack or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.