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Imagine Cup 2011 Winners Create Tool for ‘Autism’ Sufferers

Imagine Cup Windows 7 2011 winners created a tool for Autism Sufferers. The French-team, Team India Rose was inspired by a meeting with a family with autistic children. Said Anthony Froissant (a team member),

The family explained us their needs, and when we realised how simple, but also how helpful this idea would be, we decided it was our chance to bring these people some relief, to ease their burden.We wanted to create something that would be useful and that would make people’s lives easier, not just a show-off of our skills.

“By clicking on pictographic icons, they can string together a series of symbols to create a sentence. The PC can then speak those sentences back. The ability to communicate in such a manner means that those living with autism can now do more tasks independently without a caretaker to speak or communicate for them. The freedom to create and respond will ultimately change the lives of French-autism sufferers and hopefully the lives of those around the world,” revealed Windows team blog.

Team India Rose will be able to showcase their project at the Imagine Cup 2011 Worldwide Finals in New York City from July 8-13th and will then receive their award onstage at the Worldwide Festival on July 13th.

[Source: windows blog]

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