Autism Connects: Bobby and Jimmy

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Autism is a reality and way of life for a growing number of American citizens and their families. Amongst the spectrum of those with autism, the majority of those living with autism have a difficult time connecting with those around them.

As one DfA student describes it, it's like landing on a stage where you don't know the plot, you don't know you're role and you may not even know what era you are in.

DfA's Autism teams are tackling this challenge by first looking to the user to understand their needs, then looking at ways to connect those with autism to the world around them or connect the world to those with autism.

Follow their project on:
www.designforamerica.com

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  • Autism Connects: Bobby and Jimmy

    1. 1. Bobby and Jimmy <ul><li>By Team Awesome </li></ul>
    2. 2. Design Challenge: Autism Connects Autism Connects <ul><li>“The “Autism Connects” technology and design competition challenges students to help individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to better connect with the world around them, and allow individuals who do not have ASD to better understand and connect with those who do.” </li></ul>http://challenges.core77.com/landing/contest-overview/autism-connects/
    3. 4. Jimmy <ul><li>Jimmy is 40 </li></ul><ul><li>20 years ago, his family couldn’t find a place to put him to live </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of centers couldn’t take him due to severity of his autism/aggression </li></ul>
    4. 5. Then, he found Rimland. <ul><li>21 + </li></ul><ul><li>Atmosphere conducive to positive development </li></ul><ul><li>Art therapy </li></ul><ul><li>“Community Living” </li></ul><ul><li>4 categories: mild, moderate, profound, & severe </li></ul>
    5. 6. Rimland believes... <ul><li>negative behaviors stem from frustration </li></ul><ul><li>individuals are easily distracted </li></ul><ul><li>interaction is motivated by self-interest </li></ul><ul><li>individuals seek little further interaction </li></ul><ul><li>individuals prefer routine, resist change </li></ul><ul><li>gravitate towards calming situations, people, etc </li></ul>
    6. 7. Meanwhile...
    7. 8. Bobby <ul><li>12 years old </li></ul><ul><li>has verbal communication skills </li></ul><ul><li>develops fixations-- including verbal </li></ul><ul><li>“kill the beast!” </li></ul><ul><li>tricycle </li></ul><ul><li>routine </li></ul><ul><li>interacts well with family </li></ul><ul><li>trains! </li></ul>
    8. 9. Existing Technology/Techniques <ul><li>incentives </li></ul><ul><li>picture boards </li></ul><ul><li>“Voice-in-a-box” </li></ul><ul><li>Devices geared toward non-verbal </li></ul><ul><li>Computer programs for conversation </li></ul>
    9. 10. Redefining our Mission Statement <ul><li>To help Autistic children communicate effectively with unfamiliar individuals in the community </li></ul>
    10. 11. Game Plan <ul><li>ETHS </li></ul><ul><li>Easter Seals </li></ul>

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