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NJIT and WebTeam to develop tactile-friendly learning devices for children with autism
Date:3/20/2014

ebTeam chose to partner with NJIT, because the university is "a technology leader with the best engineers in the region," Parikh said.

"WebTeam has developed the program and we will deliver it, optimizing its interface, as well as its assessment, feedback and response capabilities, while also capturing the data," said Atam Dhawan, distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering, who will lead the NJIT team. As part of the intellectual property agreement, NJIT is jointly filing a supplemental patent to the patent WebTeam filed on its educational software.

"As the autism community prepares to recognize Autism Awareness Month in April, we applaud the collaborative efforts of academia and private sector companies such as NJIT and WebTeam, who are working year-round to develop innovative new tools for managing the challenges and opportunities posed by living with autism," commented Peter Bell, Eden Autism Services President and CEO. "This project is an outstanding example of how a public-private partnership applying shared knowledge and resources can improve the outcomes of those living on the autism spectrum."

NJIT students have been working on a learning device for children with autism disorder since 2011, when a team of Honors College students from the university's Interdisciplinary Design Studio (IDS) proposed developing an educational toy to engage children who might lose focus or interest staring at a computer screen and assess their cognitive abilities. Parikh, a member of the IDS External Advisory Board, was one of the sponsors who allowed the team to pursue research and development on the NJIT campus over a summer.

Dhawan said the new project will build on the team's technology, which was able to respond in simple ways to the children's choices, such as telling them they had or had not correctly picked the color the program prompted.

The next stage of the project will incorporate more sophisticated res
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Contact: Tracey Regan
201-388-0232
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Source:Eurekalert

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