A family's experience with Free Software, the Internet and autism
Feb 15, 2010, 20:02 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Ubuntu is a computer operating system alternative to
Windows, but free of license costs and well suited to families and
schools. When I read this message on the mailing list for Ubuntu
"My kids learned very quickly how to use both Ubuntu and the
Mac. Chiara is 10 years old, Nikko 12, but he's autistic. I MUST
use Windows only because the educational software for Nikko only
runs on Windows!!!! Talk about monopolies... what else should I
"I contacted that mom to know more. The result was a really
interesting phone conversation in which we also talked about
Ubuntu, but mostly of the role that computers and the Internet have
in a family with special needs, the general role they could have in
society and of some software-related cliches. Here is (obviously
with the authorization of Donatella) a summary of that phone
"Stop: Are you a software programmer?
Donatella: No, I just learned by myself how to use computers and
I am not scared of thinkering with them. I began to use regularly a
computer and the Internet in 2000, just to collect as much
information as possible about autism, in order to help Nikko.
"Stop: How did it go?"
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