The Project ASC-INCLUSION
7th frame program, European Comission Research & Innovation: Integrated Internet-Based Environment for Social Inclusion of Children with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC)
The main goal of this project is to develop a computer software program that will assist children with Autism Spectrum Disorders to understand and express emotions through facial expressions, tone-of-voice and body gestures. This software will assist them to understand and interact with other people, and as a result, will increase their inclusion in society. As a result of their condition, children with Autism experience difficulties in recognizing, understanding and responding appropriately to other people’s facial expressions, tone-of-voice, body gestures and understanding and expressing their own emotions.
These difficulties present a significant barrier to the participation and inclusion of people with Autism in all aspects of society, including education, employment, health care and social activities.
This software aims to reduce these barriers by providing a tool that empowers children with Autism to develop an understanding of facial expressions and emotions, with minimal assistance. This tool will help to reduce the risk of social exclusion for people with Autism. As Autism encompasses a spectrum of symptoms that vary in severity between individuals, the software will be personalisable, assisting users to recognize and develop their own facial expressions, tone-of-voice and gestures.
Expected achievements / impact:
The software developed will primarily assist people with Autism to improve their social interaction and communication skills, thereby increasing their quality of life and social inclusion.
The software will also assist professionals and family members to provide more efficient support to people with Autism. The software can also be helpful for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and children who have been socially neglected.