Thank you for taking the time to watch our video and read our description!!
We are forever thankful to all of the children and their families who have inspired us to create "Aiko & Egor" and those who have participated in our research thus far!
We research and develop educational materials for kids diagnosed with, and at-risk for, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. ASD is a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior. ASD affects 1 out of 110 children in the United States and the number is rising.
At our core, we are professionals committed to working with families impacted by an ASD diagnosis. We have built a team of talented people in San Diego, CA who are determined to make an impact and we have begun the process to become a nonprofit corporation called See Beneath, Inc. We have a lot of experience working with children with ASD and their families. Our president, Gerin, has an older brother with ASD, and her experience fuels us to use our knowledge and expertise to give back and to help other families.
Over the past year and a half, we built a team of artists and animators and we created an 8 minute animated pilot called "Aiko & Egor." The video is based on years of clinical experience and is designed to engage and teach children with ASD and help families connect with their children. "Aiko & Egor" is meant to be both entertaining and educational, and is designed in a way that facilitates interaction between children and their parents.
Two members of our team work at the University of California San Diego Autism Intervention Research Program and we are currently conducting a pilot study to research the effectiveness of our video with two year old children who are at-risk for ASD.
Meanwhile, we have many ideas for future episodes of "Aiko & Egor" and want to create an entire series of episodes. In addition, we also hope to create an APP (iPad and smart phone application), toys, and a variety of other educational tools to aid families in engaging their children. But, we need your help to get started!!
If we meet our goal of $12,000:
1) Most of the money will help fund the creation of a full-length "Aiko & Egor" episode!
2) Some of the money will be used to help us pay for our nonprofit 501(c)(3) obligations to ensure that we can continue to help children with ASD and their families!
NOTE: Unfortunately, we are not yet officially a nonprofit and thus we do not yet have tax-exempt status.
3) Some of the money will help us pay our team members, including the animators, a small stipend for their continuous support!
1. Kickstarter is an all or nothing funding platform for creative projects. We must meet our campaign goal or we receive nothing!
2. No money changes hands until we reach our goal. After we reach our goal, the full amount is deposited into our Amazon account, minus 3-5%.
3. You can contribute any amount and there is no limit to how much we can raise. If we are lucky enough to raise more money than our goal amount, we will put that money toward creating future episodes of "Aiko & Egor" and developing other products for children with ASD.
We thank you in advance for taking the time to learn about our project and for the support you are willing to provide. Please tell your family and friends about this great project and send them a link to our Kickstarter campaign.
In addition to the children and families who inspire us and have helped us along the way, we also want to thank everyone who has contributed to our project thus far, we would not be here today without the help of every member of our team. We hope to add your name to the contributor list - please join the Aiko & Egor team!
Special thanks to our team:
Gerin Gaskin, Jim Turner, Casey Hoffman, Christopher Soto, Yuki Radcliffe, Abraham Bulvarela, Roman Bulvarela, Dave Gross, Malachi Stoever, Kendra Owens, Millie Chung, Jake Turner, Dani Bowman, Patrick Eidemiller, The Turners-Kaylee, Hayden, and Clay, Jennifer Gaskin, Stacey Hoffman, Deborah Knapp, Casey Allison, Kelly Stardust, Tyson Gray, Steve Bray, and Lauren Reeder.
We must also thank:
Dr. Laura Schreibman and Dr. Aubyn Stahmer for giving us the opportunity to work at UCSD as part of such a special program to help these young children! And for the opportunity to conduct our pilot research study!
The entire team at the UCSD Autism Intervention Research Program for their help with our current research!
Robby Hoffman, Bob Gaskin, and Kayvon Pourmirzaie for their continuing advice and support through this journey!
Thank you for taking the time to read about us and watch our video!
Please do not hesitate to send us a message with any questions or concerns that you may have.
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