Socializing resources for Autistic people
Christie U, Nanayaa A
Connected is a website designed to make it easier for people with autism to communicate and connect with others. There are 4 icons on our website to address issues people with autism face: Social Tips, Chat With Gamma, Emoji Me, and Friendly Places. Social Tips offers methods on getting out of conversations, tricks to making eye contact, and other advice. Chat With Gamma, using Watson Conversation, is a chatbot trained in making friends and making conversation. Emoji Me is quiz game designed to help people learn to recognize and interpret emotions. Friendly Places uses a Google Map API and shows a map of organizations in Manhattan dedicated to helping people with autism.
Although our website will not get rid of the problem completely, we tried to make an easier way for people with autism to communicate with others. People with autism are characterized by social-interaction difficulties, communication challenges and a tendency to engage in repetitive behaviors. They are unable to recognize and interpret what other people are thinking and feeling. This makes it difficult to interact with other people and connect with them.
Our solution to this was to break it down into smaller parts that would be easily accessible on our website Connected. On our site, we have 4 icons: Social Tips, Chat With Gamma, Emoji Me, and Friendly Places. Each of these icons address some of the problems people with autism face. We also included riddles on each page to serve as a break for users. By breaking it down, we are able to provide more resources for people with autism.