I’m building this site to support a book project. It replaces an older site that you can see here.

Material from my Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota presentation of Sept 2017 is here.

About the author

John Faughnan is a father of two persons with atypical minds. He’s writing a book to share what he’s learned over the past five years of promoting independence and responsible smartphone use for persons with autism and cognitive disabilities who need external support.

In addition to his experience as a parent John is a family physician, a specialist in medical informatics, and decades of experience in software development.

You can contact John at jf@sphone4all.com


Teaching Messaging to an Explorer: stay within the Notification budget

From the Smartphones for All chapter on messaging: The first step in teaching messaging to an Explorer is to simplify the iPhone’s Messages.app as much as possible. I review this in the Setting up an Explorer’s iPhone chapter.  The iPhone’s Messages.app has become harder to use as Apple has added more features, but most Explorers …

Smartphones for All: Preprint chapter – Calendars.pdf

I’ve updated the preprint of my book chapter on Calendars. You can read the PDF for free, my September presentation to the Down Syndrome association has other preprints. This is one of my favorite chapters – iOS Calendars are a great tool for Explorers (and Guides as well). From the Key Points section (I’m adding …


You can reach me at jf@sphone4all.com.