British researchers developed mobile app ASCmeI.T to help people with autism

Oct 9, 2015 16:22 IST

British researchers on 2 October 2015 developed a new mobile app named ASCmeI.T that will help people with autism in the development of new technologies for their own use. The app was developed by a consortium of researchers from the Universities of Southampton, Bath and Sussex.

ASCmeI.T is a simple yet highly effective way to enable people with autism to get their voices heard and to allow the creativity of a previously neglected group to be realised. This free mobile app can be downloaded on both Android and Apple devices.

The app enables people with Autism Spectrum Conditions as well as families, teachers, professionals and anyone who supports someone with autism to share their ideas on what kind of new technology would be of best help.

Through the app, users can upload a one-minute video explaining their idea, which will be shared with researchers so that new developments in digital technologies for autism can be matched to support the needs of users.

Autism Spectrum Conditions
Autism is a brain disorder that often makes it hard to communicate with and relate to others. With autism, the different areas of the brain fail to work together.

Autism is characterized by:
• Persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts
• Restricted, repetitive patterns of behaviour, interests, or activities
• Symptoms must be present in the early developmental period (typically recognized in the first two years of life)
• Symptoms cause clinically significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of current functioning

Autism is the world's third most common development disorder. According to the National Autistic Society, one in every 100 people suffers from autism which accounts to close to 700000 autistic people in the UK.

Another statistical report by Centres for Disease Control and Prevention of United States says that around 1 in every 68 American children suffers from autism. And in case of India, close to 15 million people suffer from Autism at present.

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