DIY Tech

New Year’s Resolution Tech Tips: Stay Connected and DIY Tech Projects

Written by Dr. Betty Patten

In a world that thrives on technology, staying connected and embracing DIY tech projects can be transformative experiences, especially for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). This blog post explores how these two tech tips hold unique significance for this community and provides guidance on implementing them on both iOS and Android devices.

Tech Tip 1: Stay Connected

Why It Matters:

For individuals with I/DD, maintaining connections with loved ones is essential for emotional well-being and social engagement. Distance can pose a challenge, but technology offers a lifeline through video calls and messaging apps.

The Benefits:

  • Emotional Support: Staying connected fosters emotional support and a sense of belonging.

  • Enhanced Communication: Video calls enable more meaningful interactions.

  • Reduced Isolation: Technology bridges geographical gaps, reducing feelings of isolation.

How to Implement on iOS and Android:

iOS (iPhone/iPad):

  • Use FaceTime for high-quality video calls.

  • Explore messaging apps like iMessage, WhatsApp, or Facebook Messenger.

  • Encourage loved ones to use accessible communication tools.


  • Utilize video calling apps like Google Duo.

  • Download messaging apps such as WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger.

  • Customize accessibility settings to meet individual needs.

Tech Tip 2: DIY Tech Projects

Why It Matters:

DIY tech projects offer individuals with I/DD the opportunity to explore their creativity and engage in hands-on learning. Building smart home gadgets or crafting custom computers can boost confidence and cognitive skills.

The Benefits:

  • Creativity Unleashed: DIY projects encourage creativity and problem-solving.

  • Skill Development: Tech projects enhance technical skills and understanding.

  • Personalized Creations: Crafting custom tech items fosters a sense of accomplishment.

How to Implement on iOS and Android:

iOS (iPhone/iPad):

  • Explore tech DIY project ideas on websites or apps.

  • Access instructional videos on YouTube or educational apps.

  • Use iOS devices for coding and programming projects.


  • Discover tech project inspiration on websites and forums.

  • Access learning apps for coding and hardware assembly guidance.

  • Leverage Android devices for hands-on DIY tech endeavors.

Embracing these tech tips empowers individuals with I/DD to maintain meaningful connections with loved ones and unlock their creative potential through DIY tech projects. By implementing these tips on iOS and Android devices, we enable inclusivity, foster independence, and provide avenues for personal growth and fulfillment. Technology becomes a tool for connection, self-expression, and learning, enriching the lives of individuals with I/DD.

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