Eyes and Ears of Autism

Our goal is to bridge the divide between typically developing(TD) cultures and the culture of people diagnosed with Austism Spectrum Disorder(ASD) through the use of virtual reality.

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About


We want to bridge the divide between different cultures by placing people from one culture into the perspective of the other. Specifically, we will focus on placing typically developing (TD) individuals without autism into the perspective of an individual with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) so they can better empathize and understand what it is like to have ASD.

There are many people who have friends and family who have ASD, and it is often difficult for them to form strong and meaningful relationships. The ability to experience the physical perspective of a person with autism will enhance one’s ability to build connections with that person by creating a stronger sense of empathy and understanding.

A virtual reality simulation is the most immersive medium for a TD individual to experience the point of view of a person with ASD. These experiences can facilitate more appropriate interactions between these two cultures.

Timeline

IRB Approval

We recieved IRB approval!

March 2017

Focus Groups

Our next step is conduct focus groups where we will interview people with ASD in order to gain insight into how certain stimuli effect them. If you are an individual diagnosed with ASD and are interested in being involved in this process please see the "Get Involved" section below or email autismvr@umd.edu

We would also like to give a special thanks to the UMD Computer Science for funding this portion of our research.

Oct/Nov 2017

Data Analysis and Simulation Planning

After we have gathered data from the focus groups we will need to analyze it and determine the optimal environment to create for a virtual reality simulation.

Dec/Jan 2017

Begin Development

We will then begin development on the environment which will allow typically devloping individuals to experience environments with altered stimuli mimicing the difference of perception between the two cultures.

Feb/March 2017

Get Involved


Focus Groups

Interested in participating in our focus groups? We are seeking individuals who have been clinically diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Asperger's Syndrome. Participants must also be verbal and between the ages of 18-35. For more information email us at autismvr@umd.edu or fill out this form.

Virtual Reality Particpant

We will also need people to test our virtual reality appliaction. Our applicaiton is still in development but if your inteseted in participating in testing once it is finished you can express interest here.

Team

Dr. Elizabeth Redcay
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology
Katherine Dow-Burger
  • Assistant Clinical Professor of the Hearing and Speech Sciences
Harrison Linowes
  • Sophmore Computer Science Major
Harry Wandersman
  • Sophmore Computer Engineering Major
Amitai Cohen
  • Sophmore Mechanical Engineering Major
Chris Castellano
  • Junior Computer Science and Psychology Major

Contact

Email us at autismvr@umd.edu.