Join us in the AUTISM BRAINSTORM Community on Google+ as we discuss how technology can help improve the lives of children with autism. Experts from around the globe come together to share their personal stories and advice – see a full roster of panelists below. A big thank you to AT&T for reaching out to Kathleen Tehrani, and inspiring this conversation – their Speak Hope campaign focuses on providing technology to benefit those affected by autism. To help support the Speak Hope cause, tweet #ATTSpeakHope and AT&T will donate $1 for every tweet with that hashtag up to $25,000, now through June 30.
Panelists and topics are:
RYAN STAFFORD: Early intervention success story
DR. ROBERT NASEEF: Virtual networking for fathers
LOIS JEAN BRADY: Award winning AAC app-"InnerVoice"
QAZI FAZLI AZEEM: Google Glass Experience and Autism
DR. ELISABETH WHYTE: Gaming/Eye Gaze and Autism research
DR. STEPHEN SHORE: The Boston Higashi School's look at PARO the robotic seal's use for ASD
MICHAEL BOLL: Use of technology and SHINE ACADEMY in Shanghai
RYAN STAFFORD works as AT&T’s Marketing Director of Emerging Business Markets. He has a 9 year old son with autism who is a self-learned coder.
*Ryan will be sharing his son's incredible successes as a self taught coder through the use of YouTube videos
DR. ROBERT NASEEF is an author, psychologist and facilitator of the GUY TALK series on AUTISM BRAINSTORM. An online networking panel for fathers of children with special needs. Robert Naseef, Ph.D. has practiced for over 20 years as a psychologist. He is a graduate of Temple University and specializes in families of children with disabilities.
*Robert will be discussing his GUY TALK series, which utilizes technology to reach more fathers and more families via Autism Brainstorm's google hangouts.
LOIS JEAN BRADY is the author of APPS for AUTISM, published through Future Horizons, update due for release in July 2014. Lois is a regular panelist in the AUTISM BRAINSTORM community Hangouts and facilitates: AUTISM BRAINSTORM: Apps for Autism. Lois is a Certified Autism Specialist with over two decades of experience working as a Speech Language Pathologist specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Educational accomplishments include a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, Certificate in Assistive Technology, Certificate in Computer Based Intervention and completion of an Animal Assisted Therapy Program.
*Lois will be discussing 'InnerVoice' which is her award winning AAC app
QAZI FAZLI AZEEM (Azeem) is Pakistan's 1st & South Asia's only International self advocate for the Autism Spectrum since his awareness work started in 2006. This past week Azeem finished his time in the U.S. through the US State Department's Fulbright Scholarship. He completed his MFA (Communication Design) terminal degree at MassArt's Dynamic Media Institute. Azeem was a visiting researcher at the MIT Media Lab and a global design ambassador for the Interaction Design Foundation. His ed-tech project was presented at the 2014 US Dept. of Education / White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) - Education Datapalooza in Washington D.C.
Azeem's team won the Spring 2014 Harvard Innovation Lab (iLab) residency, was a semifinalist in MIT $100K and MassChallenge Entrepreneurship competitions (April 2014).
He presented at Autism Conferences & workshops in Pakistan (2006-2012), India (2008), Qatar (2008), UK (2008) and Bangladesh (2009), spoke at a panel at the United Nations in NY on World Autism Awareness Day 2013. His involvement in international projects are numerous.
*Azeem will be discussing his experience as a "Google Glass" tester and some possible applications of Google Glass for ASD
DR. ELISABETH WHYTE has been a lecturer and post-doc at Penn State University since August 2012. She teaches undergraduate psychology courses in an e-learning environment through the World Campus. She is currently conducting research examining face recognition abilities in adolescents with autism. Elisabeth is an occasional panelist in the AUTISM BRAINSTORM community Hangouts. Regarding her current research, Elisabeth says the following: "We have an early version of our social skills video game that is almost complete. We are primarily targeting nonverbal communication (and especially use of eye gaze in socially relevant situations). The current content in the game involves a detective theme where the player chases after criminals in a sewer maze under the city. The helper characters in the maze use pointing, head-turn, and finally subtle eye gaze gestures to indicate which direction the player should run in the maze in to catch the criminal. We are still working on programming the game (especially the animating of the faces). We are doing our first pilot testing of the game later this summer. An exciting new feature we are working on starting next Fall is adding brand-new inexpensive eye tracking technology into the game, where individuals with autism will be able to use their own eye gaze in meaningful social communication with other characters in the game, and will be able to use these new eye tracking devices in the comfort of their own home (it connects to computers using USB connections). The game will know where the players are looking, rather than relying only on keyboards and mice to make responses, and thus the characters in the game can actually respond to the eye gaze of the players."
*Elisabeth will discuss her current Gaming/Eye Gaze project
DR. STEPHEN SHORE is a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism. In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Stephen presents and consults internationally on adult issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, advocacy, and disclosure as discussed in his books. Dr. Shore is a panelist on nearly all of the the AUTISM BRAINSTORM community Hangouts and has a regular WWDSS (Where in the World is Dr. Stephen Shore?) segment with Kathleen Tehrani of Autism Brainstorm Community on G+.
*Stephen will present the research project conducted at the Boston Higashi school which involves a robotic seal and its effects on children with autism
(The following is a pdf of PARO the robotic harp seal and some broader applications). http://www.dijtokyo.org/events/T_Shibata_1310.pdf
MICHAEL BOLL is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Entrepreneur, Podcaster and Technology Coach at Concordia International School Shanghai. Michael enjoys helping educators, parents and students harness the transformative powers of technology.
Michael is an enthusiastic instructional designer and presenter. He works to make his courses and presentations information packed, slightly provocative and fun. He recently co-founded Innovative Professional Development an online PD platform with the mission of facilitating outstanding professional growth opportunities for all teachers.
Michael has a teenage son with profound autism and is keenly interested in the special needs community and its population of diverse learners. This interest led Michael and his wife, Lori Boll, to open an innovative school in Shanghai, ShineAcademy.asia, for their son.
*Michael will share the use of technology at SHINE ACADEMYThe Hangout will culminate in an organic discussion of the promising uses of these technologies for the improvement of life for everyone, on, off and around the autism spectrum.