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Autism Speaks and Flutie Foundation join HP's 'Hacking Autism' to develop touch apps for autism
Date:6/30/2011

ism experts, including McKinney; David Canora, principal technology specialist, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, and chairman, Quest Inc.; Chris Mertens, vice president, HP; Autism Speaks Vice President of Scientific Affairs Andy Shih, Ph.D.; Simon Wallace, Ph.D., Autism Speaks director of scientific development Europe; Peter Bell, Autism Speaks executive vice president for programs and services; renowned advocate and author John Elder Robison; Jim St. Leger, Technology Marketing Manager, Intel; and certified speech and language pathologist and advance clinician Kate Grandbois, M.S., CCC-SLP, Spaulding Outpatient Center for Children.

"So many individuals with autism who struggle with verbal communication are able to open up new doors to social interaction when they are able to use tools such as touch applications," explained Canora, who is also dad to a son with autism. "Parents are always looking for new strategies to engage their children with the people and world around them and technology has so much potential to do that."

"We are so pleased to partner with HP and the Flutie Foundation," added Dr. Wallace. "Autism Speaks has been committed to innovations in technology to creatively adapt and promote the use of technologies to meet needs of those with autism. 'Hacking Autism' will significantly accelerate translational technology, from bench top to commercial development."

"We're excited to partner with HP and Autism Speaks on this cutting-edge project," said Doug Flutie, co-founder of the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism. "Through our Laurie Flutie Computer Initiative and our long-time partnership with HP, we have been able to assist hundreds of families and schools by providing them with computers. 'Hacking Autism' will allow the autism community to directly communicate their ideas with HP on what its needs are for technology. It's not often that a mom or dad, or a teacher who works with a child with autism, gets to tell a softwa
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