The skid Software

Skid begin as an effort to develop communication support system for one child with cerebral palsy. It has now been made available to all children with autism, severe disabilities, dyslexia and other mental challenges. To make the effort sustainable, we have included students from engineering colleges to participate in a hands-on training in software writing using cutting edge technology, during the summers. We have organized two summer trainings in 2008 and 2009 respectively. We are looking at possibility of software writing through online classes. Towards this end we have started online classes this year. Skid now can be used in English, German, French and Hindi.

Input Devices skid accepts

Skid is designed to be used via one of the following means of input:

  • joystick or racing wheel (so far only works under Linux, needs special client software. Different clients exist for one button, two button and five button operation).
  • arrow keys and space bar in a keyboard (via free Windows and Linux client software)
  • mouse
  • touch screen

Skid now can be used in English, German, French and Hindi.


Manthan Award 2008 for best e-content development.

Do you want to be a part of the skid software writers team? Do you want to help children with mental challenges and severe disabilities?

Write to  to help in enhancement of skid software.

For siblings of persons with mental challenges and disabilities it is free always.

How you benefit? You learn programming in open source platform. And your name will be displayed below the module you developed.

Watch how we wrote skid software and how this work is being taken forward through these short videos

how we wrote skid
for one child

how we took forward
software writing for
children with mental challenges

See more videos on how difficulty created by mental challenges like autism, cerebral palsy, slow learning and many more mental challenges can be overcome with appropriate use of ICTs. click here

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