Social Blindness App for Asperger's and Autism

April 17, 2013 Updated Apr 17, 2013 at 8:45 AM EDT

By Mitch Simon

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April 17, 2013 Updated Apr 17, 2013 at 8:45 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Living with Autism or Asperger's could cause for a hard time fitting in socially. One company is taking to the web to raise funds in hopes to develop an app to help people living with these disorders.

Social Blindness is a one-of-a-kind app helping those living with Autism or Asperger's develop stronger social skills.

It was conceptualized by Miss Pivot, an Indianapolis based company focusing on the science of social relationships, to help individuals with high-functioning Autism and Asperger's learn social skills needed to comfortably navigate through life.

Many adults diagnosed with Asperger's or high-fucntioning Autism have a hard time adapting to new, uncomfortable, and social situations.

The app will feature a student version and teacher version, allowing people to interact and ask questions from an instructor and receive real-time, personalized feedback.

This is done through new media. Most of the content in the app will make use of photos, videos, and interactive elements to teach users proper interaction in a social setting.

Miss Pivot has already created an interactive platform: a web book on body language featuring all of these interactive elements.

Since studies revealed how video modeling can help people with Autism and Asperger's, developers are hoping to acheive the funding they need to make Social Blindness a reality.

Autism has a significant population right here in Western New York. Social Blindness could help by integrating social development with new media.

To help fund the project, click HERE.