Sidekicks! is messaging app for neuro-diverse kids to communicate 1-on-1 with their therapists and parents.

Our first product was a mobile app, Sidekicks, was developed to support communication between people on the autism spectrum who could share their affinities by viewing videos, side by side with a parent or therapist. This was driven by activism and research about the compensatory strengths of those with autism and others who are “differently-abled” due to distinctive neurology or sociocultural backgrounds. Sidekicks project led efforts to build a next generation of augmentative technologies to lift and support these communities.Studies at Harvard, Massachusetts General Hospital, and MIT are validating what we suspected when we developed Sidekicks!: namely, that technology really can help work as a therapeutic and educational tool for people on the autism spectrum, especially through its ability to persuade people with autism to engage and communicate.