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April 12, 2018

CREATE and Autism Awareness Take Center Stage in April

Category: General — NYSID @ 12:52 pm

Assistive technology and Autism Awareness Month will go hand in hand when NYSID hosts its fourth annual CREATE Symposium on April 25 at the Legislative Office Building in Albany.

CREATE (Cultivating Resources for Employment with Assistive TEchnology) is an initiative sponsored by NYSID that connects undergraduate and graduate student engineers and professors from colleges and universities across New York State with NYSID organizations that employ individuals with disabilities.

The CREATE Symposium showcases prototypes of technology inventions designed to increase productivity and improve the livelihoods of New Yorkers with disabilities.

April is Autism Awareness Month, and one participating college, City College of New York (CCNY), is collaborating with Goodwill Industries of Greater New York & Northern New Jersey, Inc. on assistive technology designed specifically to assist individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD):

ASSIST (Assistive Sensor Solution for Independent and Safe Travel) – Assists users with ASD in navigating complex indoor environments without the need for major equipment to gain independence

VAR4ASD – Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality (VAR) technologies to train individuals with ASD and help them in the workplace

CCNY is one of eight schools competing for prizes of $15,000, $10,000 and $5,000 for their CREATE inventions in 2018. Other schools include: Alfred University; Binghamton University; Manhattan College; New York Institute of Technology; Rochester Institute of Technology; Union College; and University at Albany.

Goodwill is one of nine member agencies participating in CREATE, including: ABVI-Goodwill Industries of Greater Rochester, Inc.; AHRC Nassau; AHRC New York City; Arc of Steuben; AVRE; Lifespire; Living Resources; and Schenectady ARC.

Last year, CCNY also collaborated with Goodwill to create assistive technology for individuals with ASD:

Therapeutic Virtual Environments – a virtual reality system to better train workers with autism. This Virtual Reality tool helps people on the autism spectrum by treating sensitivity to stimuli, training them to be more competitive in the job market.

Workforce Management System for autism spectrum disorder – a communication system for workers with autism. The mobile device software for workers with autism incorporates scheduling, training, reports and tools to help workers communicate with co-workers and managers.

Join us at the fourth CREATE Symposium on Wednesday, April 25 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Legislative Office Building in Albany and see assistive technology for individuals with disabilities at work!


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