Learn and Secure

New Year’s Resolution Tech Tip Series: Learn Something New and Boost Security!

Written by Dr. Betty Patten

Technology has become an integral part of our lives, offering endless opportunities for learning and staying secure online. For individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), these tech tips hold particular significance. In this blog post, we’ll explore why dedicating time to learn new tech skills and boosting cybersecurity is crucial for individuals with IDD, and how to implement these tips on both iOS and Android devices.

Tech Tip 1: Learn Something New

Why It Matters:

For individuals with IDD, embracing technology and learning new digital skills can open doors to independence, creativity, and enhanced communication. Learning tech skills empowers them to navigate the digital world with confidence.

The Benefits:

  • Independence: Tech skills enable independent use of devices and apps.

  • Communication: Mastering digital tools enhances communication abilities.

  • Creativity: Learning tech skills fosters creativity and self-expression.

How to Implement on iOS and Android:

iOS (iPhone/iPad):

  • Explore the App Store for user-friendly apps.

  • Utilize accessibility features like VoiceOver or Magnifier for support.

  • Seek online tutorials and courses tailored to individual interests.


  • Discover apps on the Google Play Store.

  • Enable accessibility features like TalkBack.

  • Collaborate with support networks for guidance and learning resources.

Tech Tip 2: Boost Cybersecurity

Why It Matters:

Online security is paramount for everyone, including individuals with IDD. Cybersecurity safeguards their digital presence, ensuring a safer online experience and protecting personal information.

The Benefits:

  • Protection: Cybersecurity measures safeguard against online threats.

  • Privacy: Enhanced security preserves personal data.

  • Peace of Mind: A secure online environment fosters confidence.

How to Implement on iOS and Android:

iOS (iPhone/iPad):

  • Set strong, unique passwords for each account.

  • Enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) for added security.

  • Educate individuals on recognizing phishing attempts.


  • Use a password manager app for secure password storage.

  • Activate 2FA where available, such as Google accounts.

  • Educate about phishing awareness and email safety.

By dedicating time to learn new tech skills and boosting cybersecurity, individuals with IDD gain greater independence, improved communication abilities, and enhanced online safety. Implementing these tips on iOS and Android devices provides a foundation for a more inclusive and secure digital experience. Empowering individuals with IDD in the digital world not only enriches their lives but also promotes inclusivity and autonomy.

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