Niam, one of our students, has created a painting to help Light It Up Blue in celebration of World Autism Awareness Day.
Celebrate the start of Autism Awareness Month at Yonge and Dundas Square in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on April 1, 2016, at 5 pm. Join them to learn more about Niam and explore his artwork through the
#WhoEyeAm gallery and Light It Up Blue.
Samsung, Autism Speaks, and Niam have partnered to help raise awareness about autism. In addition, Samsung Canada has donated 200 tablets as part of The Look at Me Project, designed to create a shared community to connect families with similar experiences. The Samsung tablets were preloaded with the Look at Me app and given to 200 families living with autism
The Look at Me app aims to improve an individual’s ability to make eye contact through digital devices, such as smartphones and tablets.
A multidisciplinary team of clinical psychologists, cognitive psychologists, and psychiatrists have dedicated their participation in developing the app’s curriculum. The app is currently under clinical testing to verify its effectiveness through research.
The app keeps children motivated and highly concentrated by using the camera function of digital devices that often appeal to children’s interests. It also features a point system, themed missions, various rewards, and visual or sound effects to keep children engaged. Levels can be customized based on the children’s achievements. Each mission in the app requires interaction between parents and their children to encourage positive relationships and connections.