Squag, Social Media Sized for the Autism Community

We have technology, finally, that for the first time in human history allows people to really maintain rich connections with much larger numbers of people.   ~ Pierre Omidyar

Autism Building CommunityAs I am developing a social media marketing plan for this year’s Autism conference in Philly, it got me wondering, would social media benefit the autism community?  Also, I often watch Parenthood on NBC, but had not made the connection that Asperger’s Syndrome is an Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Did you know for example, according to the CDC* on average 1 out of 110 children in the U.S. has an ASD?

ThenI came across Squag TM, a social networking platform, designed to foster social interaction and communication for tweens and teens on the autism spectrum.   Created by Sara Winter in collaboration with her autistic nephew, the platform offers the opportunity of connecting in a digital space optimized for self reflection.  Even the name “squag” (her nephew’s pronunciation of square) suggests the platform offers a unique social opportunity.

So what are your thoughts on technology offering greater connectivity?  Does the digital world hold the promise of benefiting the lives of special needs children and their families?  Share your thoughts on how social media can make the world a better place for all of us.

Vanaja R.

Financialpost.com – Social network Squag aims to be a safe place for autistic kids

Postscript

*March 29, 2012 – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a higher prevalence of autism, with one in 88 children being diagnosed with an ASD.

PBS Newshour – Autism’s Prevalence Grows

 

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