Independent Living is an application designed to help young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to live independently. In a study of 874 participants, only 15% of parents said their child with ASD has the skills to live independently (Harris, 2008). Through the use of video tutorials and text-based scenarios on various independent living skills, such as cleaning, cooking, and transport, Independent Living aims to help its users to learn the skills necessary to live independently.
Independent Living is aimed at young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The application offers video-based tutorials and text-based scenarios to help individuals with ASD to learn various skills that will help them to live independently. The app is split into different sections such as House, Shopping, Transport, Personal, Social, and Emergencies. Within these sections there are many different tutorials and scenarios that assist the user in carrying out independent living tasks, such as cooking, cleaning, how to get the bus, and how to take care of personal hygiene. Independent Living was designed to be user-friendly for individuals with ASD. Design considerations were based on current research on optimal design features for ASD users, as well as optimal learning techniques for young adults with ASD. Independent Living employs design features and teaching techniques that help the user to learn independent living skills in the most effective and successful way. Users can also save their favourite and most used tutorials and scenarios, as well as search for tutorials and scenarios to make the use of the application efficient and easy.
In a survey conducted to research the usefulness of this app, 82% of participants said they would use this app, and 100% of participants said they would recommend it to a friend. User testing participants stated that the app seemed to be very useful and easy to use. A parent of two young adults with ASD commented on the usefulness of this app; "I would definitely recommend this app to any parent of a child with ASD. It gives clear and concise instructions on many different skills that would help young adults with ASD to be more independent. Not only would this app greatly help individuals with ASD, I also believe that it would greatly help the parents of children with ASD. This app would give me reassurance that my child would be able to take care of themselves if I wasn’t there".