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WebTeam Corporation Pioneers Entrepreneurship Program for High-Functioning Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
Date:7/21/2013

WebTeam representatives could meet so many individuals under one roof. We looked around and admired their creative and entrepreneurship spirit,” the WebTeam CEO added. Productive contacts between ASA and WebTeam continue as Parikh, together with several other iLearnNEarn members, attended this year’s Autism Society of America's conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Further thoughts were voiced by WebTeam Software Developer Sahil Kapoor: “Our goal is to connect these people to the world, and help them get introduced to the broader spectrum of things. We do have an app for almost every challenge autism presents – be it cognitive impairment or language deficiency. Just a little help can do a world of good to these people who are perfectly capable of earning respect and recognition from the society that often sneers at them. We see it as a great opportunity where we can utilize our technology to give voice to their passion and intellectual creativity.”

The entrepreneurship model is in harmony with the growing trend of advancing employment for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Parikh, who already heads a temp employment firm, has now set eyes on creating new business opportunities for the autistic population, with hopes of helping this community attain financial independence. This idea of entrepreneurship for individuals on the Autism spectrum was inspired from the NJIT Albert Dorman Honors College’s Interdisciplinary Design Studio (IDS) program. Parikh, who is on an advisory committee and is mentoring a group of students developing technology to teach children with Autism using a toy model.

Those participating in the WebTeam-sponsored curriculum development initiative will be the numerous adults on what is often called the "high-functioning" end of the spectrum; those with adequate or above-adequate ability to perform basic day-to-day tasks such as
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