Disney Friend Project

 
My inspiration

As a person, who actually is on the Autism Spectrum, I wanted to make a solution for parents that would be more successful at tracking more severe children who wander too far away from home. I also wanted to have a real Disney Character talking to the child, rather than an actual human since many children on the spectrum identify with their favorite Disney characters more than people. So, that's the reason for using all this copyrighted material under the grounds of fair use.

How I got there

I created a control center app for the parents, which will then connect with the app on the child's smart watch that will also have the GPS data.

Challenges

I had to follow Disney's branding guidelines using only the information I could find online as well as in existing Disney products. It was also difficult to honor to user needs of both the parent and child.

Takeaways

Speaking from personal experience with this disability, it is often difficult to determine what a non-verbal child on the spectrum will need at a given moment since every individual on the spectrum is unique. When Autism makes it hard for a child to verbalize generalized needs ("I cannot attend school because I'm sick with the flu"), designing an interface for every child on the spectrum becomes a challenge on a large scale.

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