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Tiffany KhoshabaBy Tiffany Khoshaba
First created
Tiffany KhoshabaBy Tiffany Khoshaba
First created
$419
pledged of 24.000 $pledged of 24.000 $ goal
24
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, January 31 2014 11:23 PM UTC +00:00

About

Here's to the crazy ones!

While watching a documentary about autism I knew that there must be a better way for them to communicate. If you search youtube for 'autism typing' you can find video-after-video of children and adults who are now able to express themselves through keyboard typing. The problem is that the traditional keyboard was designed for and by those who do not have Autism. I wondered how we could alter this so that it can expedite the process of tying, and thus communicating, for those we love with autism. I have created a wonderful keyboard that has many features. We need your support and we appreciate every dollar we can raise for this worthy cause.

 "It would be a shame not to nurture someone's intelligence just because they cannot express it". -Gail Gilbert

The app started out as a pages and pages of drawings, sketches, research and placement. Here is an example:

Aut2Speak Drawing
Aut2Speak Drawing

     Then, we came up with a name. Next, it was time to add professionals to the 'team'. We held a design contest and asked for a creative logo that expressed our app in a practical and fresh way. Alvin won the contest with his logo and after a few slight changes we now have a beautiful logo!

     Now, we had a few sketches, a name and a logo but what's the good that does without an actual app. So we set off to find a great developer and eventually we added Mahmoud from PineAPPeal to the growing team! He is an experienced developer with over a decade of IT and telecom success. (Another of his apps can be found at  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pineappeal.strettynews&hl=en) We experienced more delays then desired but within a couple of weeks we had a (very!) rough draft:

Rough draft
Rough draft

   This was far from what we wanted but it was a step closer than our drawings. Onward and upwards we marched! Eventually the app began to look more and more like we envisioned:

Almost there!
Almost there!

    The app is close to being done for the Android platform. The funds raised will be used for the following:

  • Development for iOS platform
  • Translation 
  • Website design and hosting
  • Kickstarter rewards
  • Adding a few doctors to our team
  • Advertising 
  • Kickstarter/Amazon fees

     In the US Autism is still, in many ways, a mystery. In other parts of the world those with this condition are ridiculed and abused. We dream of giving everyone a voice and making this accessible in their language. We have high hopes for this app and know that it can be a 'game changer' with your help!

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges that we have faced include delayed deadlines because of software bugs, funding dilemmas and research. We are determined to get this project up and running. We have been tirelessly working for the past 6 months to get this off the ground.

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    We @aut2speak will personally thank you via Twitter so that the world can know just how wonderful you really are!

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    All previous rewards are now yours and we will write you a handwritten thank you note letting you know just how grand you are, and you will get mentioned in our new website under 'generous donors'.

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    All previous rewards plus a 20 minute Skype chat with the founder of Aut2speak. We want to hear what motivated your donation, how you came to be so fabulous and any ideas you have for future apps.

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    An invitation to a special thank you party held in Chicago during the summer of 2014 for you and a guest, as well as the opportunity to give a 10 minute speech about what drives your donation (if you're not too shy).

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Funding period

- (60 days)