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There’s a lot of publicity around about autism at the moment, what with the Jail4Bail campaign being in the spotlight while Gerhard Pieterse, the Executive Director of Autism Western Cape (AWC), remains locked up in his cell at Canal Walk Shopping Centre until the AWC R1 million target for donations has been reached.

Some time ago, I wrote about ZAC, a web browser designed specifically for autistic children, and I thought that now would be an appropriate time to dig that post out of the archives and republish …


Thanks to my RSS feed from The Download Squad, I recently came across ZAC (Zone for Autistic Children), a web browser specifically developed for autistic children and decided to share it with a friend of mine.

She has two little boys who are both displaying signs of autism and she really has her hands full! I was hoping that this piece of Windows software would be helpful to her as the poor girl struggles to keep her boys stimulated and hardly gets a second to herself.

“ZAC is the first web browser developed specifically for children with autism, and autism spectrum disorders such as Asperger syndrome, pervasive developmental disorders (PDD), and PDD-NOS. We have made this browser for the children – for their enjoyment, enrichment, and freedom. Children touch it, use it, play it, interact with it, and experience independence through ZAC.”

And here’s what my friend had to say:

“Just wanted to say thanks for this email! I have installed it and the boys LOVE it!!! They both love the PC but I’ve never let them go on it ‘cause they end up trashing my stuff but now it entertains A for an hour every afternoon 🙂 ”

There you go!

So if you have a young child with autism, then ZAC may help you. Oh, and by the way, it’s completely FREE =)


You can donate to the Jail4Bail campaign by by SMSing the word “Vuka” to 38010.
Each SMS costs R10, and puts you in line to win a Vuka skuta.