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


Historic event: Google expands “accessibility” to include cognitive disability

I’ve never seen anything like this from Microsoft, Apple, or Google — until today … Action Blocks: one tap to make technology more accessible we’ve been experimenting with how the Assistant and Android can work together to reduce the complexity of these tasks for people with cognitive disabilities… … Googler Lorenzo Caggioni used the Assistant …

Managing web access on iOS for Explorers (and for younger children)

My current thoughts on managing web access on an iPhone. I wish Apple gave us better options, I haven’t heard of any improvements coming with iOS 13. I don’t mention third party solutions — I tested those extensively years ago and decided they weren’t worth pursuing. That’s not a fault of the vendors, Apple needs …

Managing the apps an Explorer can add to their iPhone

This is my understanding of the iOS 12 options a Family Organizer can use to manage what apps a family member under 18 [1] can install: Disallow install: Screen Time:Content & Privacy Restrictions:iTunes & App Store PurchasesSet age limit: Screen Time:Content & Privacy Restrictions:Content Restrictions and tap on AppsAsk to buy: Organizer Apple ID:Family Sharing. …