How to build inclusive environments with augmented reality? (with Ned T. Sahin PhD, Brain Power)
July 2, 2020
In this episode, we connect the dots with AI and AR.
Though neurodiversity is not a disorder, but a type of individual functioning and spectrum, neurodiverse individuals face significant challenges almost on every stage of socialization from schools to employment and workplaces. The fact is that we have over 60-70 different types of spectrums which vary in functioning, communication and cognitive specifics, make the development of inclusive environments and ecosystems incredible complex task for technologists, educators, researchers and policymakers.
Today’s conversation with Ned T. Sahin, PhD from Brain Power. His mission is to empower the brains of people with invisible neural challenges. Developed by his team the heads-up system engages and motivates students in a gamified way, and automatically generates data on their progress for IEP reports. In this way, you can teach social-emotional skills to students with autism or ADHD. Brain Power is known for its collaboration with Google Glasses. It is also used by schools, educators and families.
Ned believes that one of the biggest challenges is to change stigma on neurodiverse individuals, coming up with a complex, systematic and longterm approach to mental “wellbeing” and daily happiness regardless of the spectrum’s type.