A system that includes a virtual guide and a wearable accessory that enables the accompaniment, study, and practice of media in order to improve the quality of the social connections of high-functioning graduates on the autistic continuum.
Moderator: Yoram Pony
From a young age, I have been intimately acquainted with the difficulties of those with communication disabilities, and within them are diagnosed on the autistic continuum. This is because my brother belongs to this group. Like my big brother, there are many who seek just like any of us to belong, get to know, love and be loved. Studies show that learning communication tools through training in simulations and personal experience makes it possible to improve the quality of communication of autistics in order to create deep and quality interpersonal relationships. Comun is a system that enables with the help of a virtual guide based on artificial intelligence, online learning while practicing and experiencing in the field in social interactions. Working with the system allows the user to learn communication tools in a comfortable and homely environment, using computer software.
"Sometimes I feel like everyone was handed out a book on how to behave, and only I did not get one", from "Sorry for the Autism Question,"Channel Kan 11
Working with the system allows the user to learn communication tools in a comfortable and homely environment, using computer software. As part of the process, it encourages the user to move from the virtual space to the experience in the reality, where it will provide the user with comprehensive guidance before, during and after the experience in social interactions, with the help of the wearable accessory. The virtual mentor serves as a guide and advisor who accompanies the user through all parts of the process.
From learning the tools through practical experience to drawing conclusions and setting goals along the way. The process of acquiring the tools is a process that requires cooperation between the user and the mentor and takes place in parallel with the running of the user's independent life. The design principles of the project rely mainly on the target audience and research on the accessibility of visual tools for the autistic population.
A little about me
As a designer, I look for unique ways to create meaning and change for my users. Personal recognition of issues from my life experiences allows me to design solutions for the user, using a deep understanding of the user’s experience and small details of the design.
It is important for me to connect the most advanced technology with an emotional aspect, in the belief that only by connecting these two aspects can the ultimate solution for my environment be achieved.