ZAC Browser

ZAC Browser for Windows

Skill-boosting browsing for autistic children

Most of us browse the web many times a day without giving it a second thought, but for people who suffer from disorders in the autistic spectrum, it becomes a much more difficult experience.With autistic children, the challenge is twofold -...View full description


  • Very attractive presentation
  • Specifically designed with autistic children in mind
  • Range of activities
  • Compatible with Wii remote control
  • Forum for support issues


  • No configuration options
  • No way of checking where content comes from

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Most of us browse the web many times a day without giving it a second thought, but for people who suffer from disorders in the autistic spectrum, it becomes a much more difficult experience.

With autistic children, the challenge is twofold - protecting them from the dangers of the Internet, as well as providing them with an browsing experience that is in line with their needs. ZAC browser is a tool that aims to meet both requirements.

ZAC Browser is a Internet browser that provides children with a limited and specially designed way to surf the net. Once open, it can only be closed by using the ctrl + L shortcut, and, while is it active, users are only able to access content within the boundaries set by the program.

This content is pre-programmed and designed to attract the younger eye. The ZAC Browser mouse leaves a trail of stars, fish swim around the screen and butterflies land on open windows. There are roughly five areas to explore within ZAC Browser - drawing, interactive stories, songs, music and games. All of these areas can be explored further, with many more options within each category.

The browser itself is not modifiable - there are no configuration options - and although I looked hard, I couldn't find a full description of the content. The options I tried seemed very appropriate for children, but as there doesn't seem to be a definitive list of providers, any prospective parent would have to either trust ZAC Browser or individually check each option, a potentially time-consuming task.

In all, I was impressed by ZAC Browser, although using it feels more like a computer game than an Internet experience. Although it is specifically for autistic children, I'm sure other young children would enjoy it too. Unfortunately, I didn't have any children, autistic or not, to test it on. Despite this, it is definitely worth a try. If you do manage to find the right testers, let us know how it goes!!

ZAC Browser, an admirable attempt to make the Internet accessible for autistic children.

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User reviews about ZAC Browser

  • by Anonymous

    Great Browser. My child is 9 years old he is server autistic, adhd, develop mentally delayed, also has PICA disease he first came to meMore

  • by Anonymous

    Thank you so much for Zac Browser!!. My son Ryan is on the ASD spectrum. He has always been interested in the computer and the cbeebiesMore

  • by Anonymous

    FAN OF Zac Browser ! . My son LOVES Zac Browser! He used it at school this past year and learned all these new songs on it. I asked hisMore

  • by Anonymous

    a wonderful tool. I just wanted to say that I think Zac Browser is a wonderful tool. I have two young sons, one with an ADHD diagnosis More

  • by Anonymous

    My son who has low functioning autism.... My son who has low functioning autism, he is non verbal, severe global delay and adhd which iMore

  • by Anonymous

    Love ZAC Browser. I'm in the military (USAF) in Turkey. I was recently at home during a mid tour break. I've been away for 5 months andMore