Innovative Technology for Autism Initiative

I discovered this wonderful program which is the result of a partnership between Autism Speaks and Core77.   This is how it is described on the Autism Speaks Blog.

Autism Speaks’ Innovative Technology for Autism Initiative (ITA) has teamed up with design network Core77 to produce “Autism Connects,” Core77 to produce “Autism Connects,” a student technology and design competition around the themes of autism and communication. The purpose of our competition is to encourage design students to develop technology solutions that can help individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to better connect with the world around them, and to allow individuals who do not have ASD to better understand and connect with those who do.

You can see the result of this innovative design initiative on Core77, and prepare yourself, because you are likely to find an idea that you wish was a product today.

This is one I really liked – its called Apple Connect!   Can you imagine technology being developed from the ground up for people with autism and other disabilities….the future has unlimited possibilities.

If young visionary designers continue down this road, children and adults with autism are going to have a much better chance of building deep connections with the people around them.

About Russ Ewell

Since 1994 I have been devoted to the research and application of innovative technology solutions to education. My passion for these pursuits has been driven by my experience as a parent of children with special needs. During the economic technological growth explosion of the 1990's I was lived and worked in Silicon Valley, and was fortunate enough to find a group of people with similar interests and passions. As a result I was able to launch a non-profit called Hope Technology Group whose mission became advancing the use of technology in education. We eventually launched Hope Technology School, which has used technology to build a fascinating and effective educational program that practices full inclusion. Around the same time, I was fortunate enough to develop and build an awarding winning program called E-Soccer with the help of great friends and excellent coaches. These endeavors have left me with a continuing hunger to learn more about the possibilites of education, technology, and inclusion.

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