Autism Plugged In Team


The iPad, iPhone, iPod, and various other handheld devices have been successfully used for educating and entertaining these special kids.  They are an easy-to-use and affordable way to enhance an autistic child’s learning environment, and we’re here to help walk you through the various apps available to those with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related disabilities.


Jack Kieffer – Founder, Editor-in-Chief, Writer

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Jack is the founder of Autism Plugged In – an autism apps review site.  Chicagoland is his home, where he is a student, a martial arts enthusiast, a special needs volunteer, and a musician.  He’s also a busy writer.

You can find more of Jack’s writing at his other sites: Cool Gizmo Toys, founded in 2008, an online kingdom of geekery and at Greenamajigger, an eco-friendly blog on Chicago Tribune’s ChicagoNow Site.


Marnie Witters – Contributing Writer

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Marnie is an Atlanta-based mom to two awesome sons, one with an ASD, one with ADHD – both brilliant and beautiful! Along with home schooling her oldest, she is a writer, specializing in autism, and has been a professional writer and communicator in the IT and local news industry for almost 20 years. She holds a Master’s degree in Technical and Professional Communication and loves to read, garden, hike, and be with her family. She also runs the wonderful blog Autism Made My Day!


Anara Midgett – Contributing Writer


Anara Midgett is a Registered Nurse of over twenty years who is now Stay at Home Mom to Clara (8, Down Syndrome, Autism, Infant Stroke) and Alan (6, Typically Developing).  During the past five allegedly “Stay at Home” years Anara has volunteered as a non-profit program coordinator and grant writer, IEP Advocate, and written online about special needs and family life. She lives near Nashville, Tennessee, with her children, husband, and a red dog named Red Dog.


Teri Thomas – Contributing Writer


Teri is a homeschooling mother of two children on the autism spectrum.  While caring for and educating her family is her primary passion, she also serves as an educational program director for a college in her local area.  She holds a Master’s of Science in Education with a focus in higher education.


Mahina – Contributing Writer

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Mahina is a student and technology addict. She lives in Arizona, where she loves riding horses, reading, and cooking every moment possible. Read more about it all at handcrafted in the west.


2 Responses to Autism Plugged In Team

  1. Carie on September 15, 2013 at 2:24 am

    I have just won an ipad through the Austism community Network here in Australia and if that was such as wonderful surprise as we have never been able to afford one. Our son is totally 100% non-verbal and is in desparte need of a way to communicate that does not invlove hurting himself. I have watched some of your you tube presestations and now subcribed to you blogg etc and I cannot say how imopressed I am with you Jack and how grateful to you too. YOu are a wonder person!! I am now going to go to a training session about proloqpu2go and once I get my son’s ipad, I will be bying your book. YOur family muct be so proud of you. Thanks you for your generosity and for being such a help to our family and so many others too. It is a hard and exhausting life for parents with a child with autism

    • Jack Kieffer on September 16, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      Thank you! Good luck to you and your son, and let me know if I can help you in any way.

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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.