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Autism Speaks and Core77 Magazine name winners of 'Autism Connects' design challenge
Date:5/5/2011

uals with ASD. We only hope that our concept work (Gobug) can make a positive difference in someone's life." Tom Rim, who also co-designed Gobug added, "During the 'Autism Connects' competition, we realized that this is a global effort. It requires people from all over to contribute and do their part. It's important that students like us understand that design is more than just about making something look sleek or fashionable. Design is about providing the user with an enhancing experience. In this case, the user is an individual that deserves every bit as much attention as next."

weSYNC helps children with Autism Spectrum Disorder who have rigid schedules to work with different therapists, doctors, and educators on a daily basis. An application for the iPad, iPhone, and Web, weSYNC creates a specialized profile for the individual with ASD, gathers knowledge from each caregiver and establishes a centralized location where it can be accessed and edited by everyone. Establishing a dialogue among doctors, therapists, teachers and parents allows them to share information and reinforce one another's efforts.

Visual Watch is a time management and picture exchange communication system (PECS) tool designed specifically for people with ASD which addresses both time management and the need for a more mobile PECS communication system. This device to be worn on a wrist replaces a bulky notebook of PECS picture cards and new communication pictures can be uploaded to the watch for the user to develop an extensive vocabulary.

Allan Chochinov, partner of Core77, the New York-based design network serving a global community of designers and design enthusiasts who co-sponsored the competition, remarked on the breadth of the submissions, "We were incredibly impressed with the wide diversity of solutions, and with the overall rigor of the designers' efforts. From individuals to group submissions, it was evident that the participants took the subject very serio
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Contact: Jane E. Rubinstein
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212-843-8287
Autism Speaks
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