AP/Blogger Solidarity Post – The Zac Browser for Autistic Children

Note: This post is in response to Jeff Jarvis’ suggestion that all bloggers repost substantially all of any AP story to show solidarity and support for their fellow blogger, Rogers Cadenhead’s community-created Drudge Retort, after it was aggressively threatened by the AP. What follows is my show of support. It is also a story that merits posting in its own right as autism is one of the most serious and increasingly common challenges facing children today.

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The Zac Web Browser Aims to Focus Autistic Kids; The Associated Press

The Zac Browser is an Web application that helps autistic kids focus their attention and limits their exposure and interaction with inappropriate content. For autistic children, simply concentrating on one situation can be a challenge. Dealing with the multitude of sights and sounds produced by a computer can be even more difficult.

Software designer John LeSieur recognized those frustrations while watching his 6-year old grandson, Zackary try and navigate the Web. LeSieur knew he could help. So he had his company, People CD Inc. design the Zac Browser, an interface geared specifically towards autistic children. The Zac Browser greatly simplifies the Web. It seals off most adult-oriented sites and presents a hand-picked slate of choices from free, public Web sites.

While other programs offer a “walled garden” approach to the Web, LeSieur’s browser aims to go further: It essentially takes over the computer and reduces the controls available. And for children like Zackary, setting those limits and narrowing the focus could help open up a world of possibilities. The Zac Browser can be downloaded or run directly from www dot zacbrowser dot com. ___ ___, The Associated Press.(****END****)

About Oliver

Oliver Starr is a well known blogger, speaker and serial entrepreneur. His current blogging is focused on mobile technology and applications, green (eco-protective) technologies, and entrepreneurs and their companies. He is currently engaged as the Community Evangelist for Pearltrees.com, a new social curation tool. Oliver was also a professional cyclist and six time member of the US National Cycling Team.
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4 Responses to AP/Blogger Solidarity Post – The Zac Browser for Autistic Children

  1. It’s a nice program, but after installing it I found I could’nt use alt-control-delete to restart my computer.

  2. Mike vitelli says:

    cool, bout time.

  3. Kat says:

    Hi guys!!!
    I was surprised that even the hotels have joined together to help the children …a gesture of solidarity .
    I actually liked this initiative because thanks to the people who travel and book a room in a hotel, part of this money will be donated to the NGO Children’s Village to support the development and education of children.
    I leave you here the link if you want to see this initiative.



  4. sandrar says:

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. đŸ™‚ Cheers! Sandra. R.

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