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Revolutionizing Autism Care: 5 Tech Trends to Know on World Autism Awareness Day

Written by : Jayati Dubey

April 2, 2024

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Today, April 2nd, marks World Autism Awareness Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and promoting inclusivity and understanding for individuals living with autism.

In the dynamic landscape of healthcare, recent research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed a significant and concerning trend: the prevalence of autism is on the rise.

The latest data, as of 2023, indicates that one in 36 children is now diagnosed with autism, marking a notable increase from one in 44 just two years ago.

This startling revelation paints a stark picture of the growing impact of autism on our communities. Against this backdrop of escalating prevalence, technology is emerging as a beacon of hope and progress.

In this article, we delve into five groundbreaking trends that envision a future where technology plays a pivotal role in enhancing the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum, breaking barriers, fostering independence, and creating inclusive learning environments for a brighter and more inclusive tomorrow.

1. Telehealth & Remote Support

Telehealth and remote support are not just eliminating distance barriers but also democratizing access to specialized care. Individuals with autism can now connect with the best resources regardless of their location, breaking down geographical limitations.

CogniAble, a Gurgaon-based startup, epitomizes this trend by offering an online platform for early screening and affordable behavioral intervention for autism and associated neuro-developmental disorders.

Founded by researchers and scientists from IIT-Delhi, CogniAble leverages proprietary algorithms to make autism screening predictions from submitted videos, ensuring affordability, accessibility, and high-quality management of autism.

2. AR & VR for Therapy

Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies provide individuals with autism immersive learning experiences, fostering better skill acquisition and transfer in controlled and supportive environments.

Cognihab, a Jaipur-based digital healthcare organization, stands at the forefront of this trend with its immersive Autism suite, designed in coordination with Lady Harding Hospital.

By leveraging virtual reality and neuroscience principles, Cognihab's suite aims to expand the limits of individuals with autism, enhancing cognition and preparing them for real-world interactions.

3. Social Robots for Skills Development

Social robots are evolving into companions in the growth journey of individuals with autism, providing consistent and personalized feedback for skill development.

Nimaya Robotics, based in Chennai, developed IoT-based Robotic Training devices and a training program called Suprayoga, which accelerates learning by 60% compared to regular therapy systems.

Nimaya's system, comprising Trainer Interface Units and Skill Training Units, uses active learning to train individuals with ASD in psychomotor skills and daily life activities, fostering self-reliance and vocational training.

4. Wearable Devices for Sensory Regulation

Wearable devices for sensory regulation offer valuable data insights and support autonomy by empowering individuals to self-regulate their sensory well-being.

Tata Elxsi's Mixed Reality (MR) Based Smart Assistive Wearable Devices discreetly provide support in social situations, helping individuals with autism navigate social interactions through audio cues.

These devices leverage Mixed reality technology, incorporating wearable cameras and microphones to provide personalized assistance.

5. Personalized AI-Driven Therapies

Personalized AI-driven therapies represent a shift toward precision education, tailoring education to an individual's unique cognitive profile.

Delhi-based startup 'Nema AI' utilizes brain scan technology to offer personalized educational solutions for neurodiverse individuals. By combining AI and neuroscience, Nema AI's platform provides insights and recommendations for cognitive enhancement, utilizing EEG headsets for safe and certified technology.

On this World Autism Awareness Day, these five tech trends offer a glimpse into a future where technology transforms the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum, fostering independence, breaking barriers, and creating inclusive learning environments for a brighter and more inclusive tomorrow.


About Chime India

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving senior digital health leaders. CHIME includes more than 5,000 members in 56 countries and two US territories and partners with over 150 healthcare IT businesses and professional services firms. CHIME enables its members and business partners to collaborate, exchange ideas, develop professionally and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and care throughout the communities they serve. CHIME's members are chief information officers (CIOs), chief medical information officers (CMIOs), chief nursing information officers (CNIOs), chief innovation officers (CIOs), chief digital officers (CDOs), and other senior healthcare leaders. The CHIME India Chapter became the first international chapter outside North America in 2016 and is now a community of over 70+ members in India. For more information, please visit www.chimecentral.org

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