After more than a year of work, we are proud to announce the re-launch of Hacking Autism!
Its been hard to imagine the twists and turns we took to get hear. From the early days at HP where we started the work that led to first Hack-A-Thon to now being a seperate 501(c)3 organization with a much broader charter than when we began.What prompted us to take on this task? After I left HP, I stepped away from my direct involvement with Hacking Autism and left it to others to take over. About 18 months ago, a mother tracked me down while I was on a business trip in New York and shared with me the impact that the apps from the first hack-a-thon had on her son who is on the autism spectrum. She also challenged me to get back involved as the efforts around hacking autism had waned since I had left. When I looked into what was happening, I made the choice to reingage and to focus on creating a separate organization that it not entangled with the charter or mission of other groups. A separate organization focused on having a direct positive impact on those on the spectrum.
In the early days, we focused on technology and apps targeted to those on the autism spectrum. With the re-launch, we’ve expanded our mission to include:
Hacking Therapy: Bring together leading thinkers around therapy and hack (share, combine, innovate) therapy for those on the spectrum.
Hacking Employment: Work with companies to help them understand the impact those on the autism spectrum can bring to an organization.
Hacking Technology: Identify and then support teams to create new technologies and solutions targeted for use by those on the autism spectrum.
The first Hack-A-Thon will be February 29, 2016 in Colorado. For more information, check out the hack-a-thon project page.
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