App for People With Autism Has One Thing All the Others Are Missing
A new mobile app could involve people on the spectrum in the development of their own new technologies for autism.
A consortium of British researchers from the University of Bath and the Universities of Southampton and Sussex released ASCmeI.T., which is an app that allows users with autism, as well as family members, teachers, therapists or anyone else involved in the autism community, to share their ideas about what kinds of new technology are needed, according to Modern Design Technology (MDT).
They can upload a one minute video which will be shared with researchers so that new autism technologies can be better matched with the needs of people within the community.
“This project is totally unique and encourages ‘citizen science,’” Dr. Mark Brosnan, co-investigator on the project from the University of Bath, said, according to MDT. “ASCmeI.T. is a simple yet highly effective way to enable people with autism to get their voices heard and to allow the creativity of a previously neglected group to be realized.”
The app is free and available for download on mobile devices.