Hello everyone. It’s been awhile since I’ve last updated this site. Those of you that follow me on Lost and Tired are already aware that my family is going through an extremely difficult time. I simply haven’t have the time, energy or resources to put into this. Having said that, I have found myself back into android development and I publicly releasing ROM’s for the Sprint version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, over at xda-developers.
I’m slowly trying to get back into this again and continue my mission of spreading #autism awareness. I’m already off to a great start.
Also I just moved this site over to a new server and so I’ve going to be updating a bit more frequently.
Below is a copy of my thread for my newest android4autism ROM. This happens to be for the Sprint Samsung Galaxy Note 2. I just wanted to share how #autism awareness can be spread in unusual ways.
As seen on xda-developers.
For those of you that don’t remember me, I released the midNIGHT ROM back on the Epic 4G and the EpicTouch 4G. The purpose of the release was to bring Autism Awareness to the Android community. As the father to 3 boys on the Autism Spectrum, spreading awareness is my mission. It worked amazingly well. Even now, there are Autism Awareness banners in peoples signatures and that’s awesome.
Anyway, I retired after the Epic Touch 4G because things with my family demanded all of my time and energy.
I never stopped tinkering but never released anything publicly. I decided that I would throw my hat in one last time and release what I’ve been using, in case anyone is interested. I have also re-branded the ROM from midNIGHT to Android4Autism, as this is a project I began awhile ago. The mission of Android4Autism is to show the community that you don’t need a overpriced iPad to help your child with developmental disabilities like Autism, to communicate with and navigate their world.
What does this ROM include?
This is a basic ROM based on the Deodexed L900VPALJC OTA by joshbeach and is geared for people who don’t want anything heavily modded and or tweaked. I prefer simple and clean to heavily themed. This is a very stock ROM, nothing fancy.
Apps installed to data so they are easily uninstallable:
Wallet (Doesn’t Work. Sorry. Please uninstall if you don’t want it)
Autism Help App (This is a custom Forum app for my Autism Help Forums Donated by Tapatalk) Remove is your don’t need it.
Polaris Office 4
Sprint Zone (if you remove you can no longer call *2)
Tweaked the updater Script to show Autism Facts. Learn something while you flash the ROM.
1% Battery MOD (Me)
4:1 Reboot Menu (Thanks joshbeach)
Disable SMS screen-On Notification (Thanks lbxmobbin_1)
MultiWindow Mod – All Apps (Thanks -viperboy-)
“Stock” themed with as much orange/yellow removed as possible and black notification bar (Me)
Changed Default Ringtone (Me)
Added Rhodium Ringtones and UI sounds (a blast from the past) (Me)
Thanks to joshbeach for the deodexed base.
If I missed anyone in the credit department, please PM me and I’ll fix it. I’m brain dead right now and sorely lacking sleep.
This ROM does not wipe your DATA.
SUPER IMPORTANT: Always back up prior to flashing any ROM. Things happen and it’s nice to have a backup to recover from.
1) Copy ROM to your internal memory or SD card.
2) Boot into TWRP and Flash. Learn something about Autism while the ROM installs.
——-If you experience issues, wipe everything and re-flash.
I have not tested this with CWM but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work.
If you want to thank me,
Please visit my award winning blog and educated yourself on Autism.
You can also join my Atomic Tribe on Triberr and help me spread my message of awareness. All you need to do is follow this link http://JoinTri.be/34699. From there, simply follow the instructions and join the tribe.
For more ways to help spread the word you can visit my blogs Donate page. Don’t let the word “donate” fool you. You can donate by tweeting a post or simply clicking the “Like” button. This pages shows all the ways you can help. No money is required, just a few minutes of your time.
I would like to thank everyone for their continued patience as I work to get this off the ground.
I’m hoping to move forward around Feb 2012 with a pending 501c3 status. I have also been met with delays because of my own personal life. This summer 2 of my own kids have been met with serious health issues that has diverted my attention and rightfully so. My family comes first in all things as I’m sure you can all understand. You can read about my family’s struggle at www.lostandtired.com.
Thank you again for all your patience and support as I work to get this off the ground.
As the title states, every once in a while you have a major victory. Today was one such day. It started out pretty rough and continued that way until right about bedtime. I was playing with Emmett and all of a sudden he walked over to the trampoline.
Now normally, the trampoline would be on the floor but today we had be working on some OT exercises, so it was leaned up against the chair. Emmett walked over to
the trampoline and started spelling the words he saw written on it. This isn’t exactly breaking news because he has read off a few letters before. However, this time was a first because he got them all correct, including the lower case letters. I didn’t even know that he knew those yet.
The only thing that I can think of is that he is just absorbing everything around him. He just turned 3 so I think this is pretty darn amazing, especially for a child that until recently was only pre-verbal and couldn’t speak. Emmett has been using his little Android4Autism device for about 6 months or so. He has learned his letters from the puzzle and alphabet games. I can’t tell you how excited I am to hear this come out of his mouth. I’m not sure that he is recognizing words yet but I think he’s starting to. He will point to things that he wants but can not say the name of and sometimes he does so by pointing at a word. Either way, I am so, so proud of you Emmett. You just made Daddy’s week
I don’t often have really cool news like this so I wanted to be sure to share it right away. Hopefully, this will set the tone for the week ahead.
I would like to introduce you all to Acoustic for Autism. I was contacted by Acoustic for Autism’s founder and producer, Louis Gendron. Louis had heard about Android4Autism and he wanted to donate their entire music collection music to my campaign. Louis and I actually spoke on the phone for over an hour the other night and discovered that we have many things in common, including our passion for raising Autism Awareness and helping others in the Autism community.
Louis and I discussed the goals of our respective organizations and shared our experience thus far on our journey to raise our families and reach out to others. I’m going to quote the Acoustic for Autism website because I think they worded what they are all about very well:
The goal of Acoustic for Autism is to increase awareness, acceptance, understanding for those with autism and to help raise funds for non-profit autism organizations focused on making a direct and immediate impact for children with autism and their families.
Why? Because autism is on the rise. Estimates in 2011 are that 1 in every 91 children is diagnosed each year and 1.7 million American families are currently affected by autism. Autism has become the most rapidly growing developmental disability - more common than Down’s syndrome, childhood diabetes, and juvenile cancer combined.
Most children with autism require specialized education and support services for their entire lives. However, an early diagnosis and intensive education can change the course of this childhood disorder. By supporting Acoustic for Autism, you support our beneficiaries who are helping our children with autism reach their fullest potential!
We receive unique, previously unreleased acoustic-based songs donated by musicians and release them digitally. 100% of the proceeds are donated to autism non-profit organizations.
I listened to every single song on the album (several times actually), including all the singles and I have fallen in love with this music. It’s soothing, relaxing and at the risk of sounding corny, actually made me feel good. The track list (not including the singles) contains the following songs:
Every once in a while you hear a song that really speaks to you. I had one of these experiences while listening to Breathe by Analogue Transit. This song puts into words what I feel often times when looking at my life.
Take a listen for yourself to see if it touches you the same way. The whole Acoustic for Autism is filled with songs just as inspirational.
I’m amazed by the generosity of Louis and Acoustic for Autism organization. I’m very proud and excited to be working with them to help provide hope to families in the Autism community. Please check out the Acoustic for Autism website and support this great organization.
Thank you Acoustic for Autism for all your support. I look forward to working together to raise Autism Awareness and help provide hope to those that may have lost it. Acoustic for Autism is a permanent addition to my personal playlist. I would encourage all of you to check out this album and help support the Autism community.
Remember that 100% of the proceeds go right back into the community.
You can purchase the CD by clicking on the image below.
We delivered the first Android4Autism device today to the McKay family. This was an amazing experience and will be something I will personally never forget. Kiersten already loves the device and had the most amazing smile when she saw it played movies. Her parents are both amazing people and very excited to start using it with her.
They will be keeping us updated as time goes on.
What a great beginning
- Lost and Tired
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Android4Autism and Lost and Tired are very excited to announce the first recipient of an Android4Autism device. The McKay family will be receiving a Samsung Epic 4G fitted with a custom ROM built specifically to meet the needs of children. I had the pleasure of speaking with Jennifer McKay by phone yesterday afternoon to make arrangements and explain a bit about this particular device.
I’m so happy to be able to provide this device to the McKay family for their daughter, Kiersten. I look forward to delivering this device to them.
Here is a quote Jennifer McKay made to a previous post:
“My name is Jennifer and I received amazing news yesterday. My 6 year old daughter is going to receive this amazing item. Kiersten is non-verbal and it has been a pretty tough road. Not many people understand how frustating it can be to not know what your child needs when then can’t tell you. I am overflowing with joy to know that this product could change her life in such a positive way. This is amazing and I will keep updating to let everyone know of Kiersten’s progress. Thank you so so so much to Rob for giving us hope!!”
I would like to thank the following organizations for their support:
Stuart Duncan: Autism Father. Stuart has graciously provided the hosting for both Android4Autism and Lost and Tired. He is a pillar in the Autism community and not only a good friend but a source of inspiration.
Bonsai:The Art of Growing Android: The Bonsai Android development team provided the kernel, root and recovery for the ROM used in this device. They will also be assisting in development on various other devices going forward. They are a great resource for the Android community and a group I have been able to rely on time and time again.
PPCGeeks: For all their support and assistance spreading Autism Awareness and spreading the word and helping to drum up attention for my Android4Autism campaign.
XDA-Developers: For all the support the community as a whole has provided for my mission to spread Autism Awareness and provide these devices to families and children that need them.
Android Creative Syndicate: From Spontaneous Ingenuity Come Creative Brilliance. ACS as a whole has taken a stand and are actively helping to spread Autism Awareness. They have provided networking support as well as friendship. They are a great Android resource for the community.
Android Activist : Providing networking and also helping to raise Autism Awareness.
If you would like to support Android4Autism please feel free to contact me.
I’m releasing a brief demo of what an Android4Autism device is, how it functions, what’s included ect. I appoligize for the video quality but I think it gets the point across.
I wanted to update everyone on the status of Android4Autism. This project is very important to me for many reasons. I want to make sure that I do this correctly. I’m in the process of setting up a 501c3 charity corporation in order to ensure that this is done the right way.
This process has been delayed because of my son’s recent and ongoing health crisis. You can read our story at www.lostandtired.com for more details and to become more Autism Aware.
I’m very determined to get this done but right now I have other priorities. I believe that this can help alot of people and so I will not give up on this dream. I just wanted to keep everyone up to date.
- Lost and Tired
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Excerpt for lostandtired.com:
“Today, I had the pleasure of speaking with Alex Turetsky, Director of Business Development at Intellijoy. Intellijoy is the #1 creator of educational apps on the Android Market. In fact today they released their newest app, Kids Shapes. If you remember the video I posted recently, featuring Emmett using his Android4Autism device, he was using Kids Shape Puzzle by Intellijoy. For those of following my families story, you know just how big a deal it is for Emmett to be able to do what he did in that video. Since using these apps he has learned dozens of new words that he didn’t know prior. He loves his Android4Autism device, he carries it with him EVERYWHERE and calls it his “puzzles”. Tonight, I so very pleased to announce that Intellijoy will be donating FULL versions of ALL their children’s apps to Android4Autism to be distributed on all the devices that we will be putting into the hands of Autistic children from around the US. I’m very excited about this because I truly believe this WILL make a difference in the lives of many Autistic children and their families. I don’t make it a habit of promoting companies on this blog because that’s not the purpose of Lost and Tired. However, Intellijoy is a company that is working to help our children learn through engaging and entertaining apps. My children benefit from the use of these applications and I know many more could as well. As special needs parents and members of the Autism community we should support companies like, Intellijoy, as they are providing low cost software that can turn your Android powered smartphone into a learning tool for your child.
So on behalf of Android4Autism and lostandtired.com, I want to THANK Intellijoy for helping to improve the lives our Autistic children and their families. If you have an Android powered smart phone and I KNOW many of you do, check out these apps on the Market. Help spread the word that these apps and others like it can be found on the Android Market.
As a community we need to support the companies that are providing resources for our kids….. More to come soon…”