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Hacking Autism LIVE Chat

On Tuesday September 13, there will be a LIVE Chat with the community and the  members of the Hacking Autism Advisory Board to discuss YOUR ideas! We want to know what you think and to collaborate with you on refining and selecting the best ideas!

Using technology to give people with autism a voice.

HP – Austim Speaks – Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation – Goodby, Silverstein & Partners


Autism, one of the fastest growing developmental disorders in the U.S., affects 1 in 110 children. Many of these people have difficulty communicating and expressing themselves. We believe technology can help. Technology is in no way a cure. In fact, we’re not out to cure autism. Our goal is to help people today, with the knowledge and skills we have.


Technology has always promised to make our lives better. Finally, it’s actually doing it. Touch technology is giving people with autism a way to communicate and express themselves like never before. It is giving people with autism a voice. Some, for the very first time.

By working together to create touch applications for people with autism, the HP Hackathon is unleashing software’s potential to adapt hardware and advance technology. It’s an invitation for the tech community to unite. It’s an open call for collaboration that will make a real difference in the lives of a growing community.


The Hackathon event will bring together Hacking Autism’s Advisory board, experts in Autism, technologist and people on the spectrum. This catalyst event takes the ideas submitted to the Hacking Autism website to a multidisciplinary group to actually create applications for people to use free of charge.


Advisory Board
Phil McKinney – HP
Chris Mertens – HP
David Canora – Disney
Jim St. Leger – Intel
Jennifer Leighton – Spaulding Outpatient Center for Children
Kate Grandbois – Spaulding Outpatient Center for Children
Peter Bell – Autism Speaks
Andy Shih – Autism Speaks
Simon Wallace – Autism Speaks
Shannon Kay – May Institute
John Robison – Autism Speaks

  1. August 25, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    It is a shame that so many children are diagnosed with this horrible disease.. I was diagnosed nearly 3 years ago. I didn’t understand at first. The more i read and study about Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome the more i understand it.

  2. August 26, 2011 at 12:22 am

    I have a 6 year old boy that was diagnosed with Autism at age 4. We live in a small town and don’t have the best care. I wish more people would understand what its like to live with this everyday. My son is very smart but once someone hears he has Autism they say “I’m sorry”. Why? We don’t want pity we just want help.

  3. August 31, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Year after year, we keep hearing the same message: Autism Awareness, Autism Awareness… I think that at this point, we are already aware and it is time to tell people what to do with their awareness! With highly effective commercials supported by a large number of well-meaning celebrities, the autism community has done a great job publicizing autism to the public. Now what? Here’s a blueprint for the next phase:

    1) Get every pediatrician and family physician to screen for autism at eighteen months of age.

    In order to meet the goal of early autism screening for every child, there should be a concerted effort on the part of the autism awareness folks i.e. Autism Speaks, to make sure that a) every medical student who will be either a family physician or pediatrician knows how to use the CHecklist for Autism in Toddlers (CHAT), and b) there is a call out to all family physicians and pediatricians already working in the medical field to take ten minutes out of the well child check up to administer the CHAT. It is hard to believe, however, that even in 2011 members of the pediatric community are against routine screening!!! If the Autism Awareness folks want to make sure that all children in the entire society (and ultimately the world) are screened early, they need to win the hearts and minds of the pediatric community. In other words, the pediatric community is already aware; many of their members just don’t agree…

    2) Stop being so politically correct in terms of treatment choices

    It is time for the Autism Speaks folk to publicize the fact that:
    a) The U.S. Surgeon General has recognized Intensive Behavioral Treatment as best practices for autism treatment since 1999 (that was twelve years ago)!
    b) New York State has also recognized Intensive Behavioral Treatment as best practices since 1999(that was twelve years ago)!
    c) Over 50% of states in the U.S. have passed autism mandates forcing insurance companies to pay for treatment!

    Once the mover’s and shakers i.e. the well funded charities, in the autism community recognize the above facts, only then will be able to move beyond awareness into early intensive behavioral treatment for all the children who desperately need it!
    What are we waiting for?

    • Matthew
      September 2, 2011 at 8:58 am

      Well said, Sabrina Freeman, Ph.D.

  4. robbin
    September 2, 2011 at 8:54 am

    i have a 6 year old living with autism i wish people would understand what autism is before they judge his actions if people had to live one day in his shoes they might know a little

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