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United States
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Cambridge, USA
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autismsees@gmail.com
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We all know communication is important in all areas of life, especially in school and work. But eye contact and verbal communication can be difficult for individuals with Autism. And there are few accessible, affordable technology resources specifically for youth with Autism. This is why we created AutismSees, a socially-minded startup developing mobile and web-based software to empower youth to work on eye contact, communication and speech delivery skills.

Here are the facts:
-1 in every 6 children have a developmental disorder
-1 in every 88 children have Autism, making Autism the fastest growing developmental disorder in the US
-Families spend on average $60,000 every year to provide additional resources for their child on the Autism spectrum -- for working class families, their children do not have access to these crucial resources essential to their development
-The workforce participation rate for people with Autism is 32.6% compared to the national average of 67.2% -- it can be difficult for individuals with Autism in the workplace because of difficult with eye contact and workplace communication
Often times, individuals with Autism struggle with making eye contact, speaking a loud, and presenting. As a result, it is difficult to get jobs (imagine being in an interview and having trouble making eye contact with the interviewer), communicate in the workplace, and succeed in traditional classrooms that don't support students with Autism and their unique abilities.

AutismSees presents a tech solution for young adults who fear eye contact while speaking or fear making public presentations. Higher-functioning teens and young adults on the spectrum with social communication disorders who are entering the workforce need tools to prepare for interviews; open-ended dialogue and debates; team presentations; and personal and professional relationships.
Our current project is Ipresentwell, an iOS application that instills confidence, allowing users to enhance social skills needed to succeed in life. iPresentWell, built initially for the iPad, is currently in beta and in research for the Goodwill hiring and training program for adults with higher functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders in Silicon Valley. Built, designed, tested, and researched by professionals in computer science, Autism Disorders, and college aged engineers at Tufts and Stanford, iPresentWell allows users to import to their device a presentation script for an oral presentation; monitor eye movement while rehearsing out loud, set a timer to look up periodically throughout their speech, save text and record videos of their presentation, and set a goal for rewards and progress. Videos and audio can be exported from the native application directly to social media outlets, or back to dropbox.

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