Vote by 26 October to help OTARC realise its goal.
La Trobe’s Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC) has just been selected as a finalist in the Google Impact Challenge. This initiative supports non-profit innovators that use technology to tackle the world’s biggest social challenges.
In OTARC’s case, the technology is ASDetect. This free app allows parents and caregivers to assess their children in the early detection of Autism and related developmental conditions. The research underlying the app has 81 per cent accuracy.
Your vote could have a global impact
Should OTARC be voted into the top four, they’ll use the A$750 000 grant towards translating its ASDetect app into Mandarin, Japanese, Indonesian, Spanish and Polish. Each language was selected due to OTARC’s close ties with autism research and organisations in these countries. This wider reach could change the lives of thousands.
By rolling out this app internationally, we can assist in the early identification and diagnosis of more than 73 million children, paving the way for early intervention and better developmental outcomes.
Dr Josephine Barbaro (La Trobe research fellow and developer of ASDetect)
Why early detection is crucial
OTARC was established in 2008 as Australia’s first centre dedicated to researching Autism Spectrum Disorders. Part of their research focus is looking for ways to diagnose autism in children before they reach verbal maturity. The earlier a child is diagnosed, the sooner they can start a treatment journey and reach their full potential.
OTARC’s research has found that children diagnosed by 24 months have much better cognitive outcomes by school age than children diagnosed between three and five years. The Centre’s mission therefore is to promote the benefits of early diagnosis, with ASDetect at the forefront.
ASDetect empowers parents and caregivers
Parents and caregivers can download the app for free to assess their child’s social attention and communication behaviours. The target age range is between 11 and 30 months old.
This video-led, self-assessment app was developed by research fellow Dr Josephine Barbaro in conjunction with Salesforce, and is based on OTARC’s comprehensive world-class research. The research underlying this app is 81 per cent accurate in the early detection of autism and other related developmental conditions.
ASDetect guides parents through each assessment using a combination of videos and questions, as well as activities they can do with their child. Each assessment takes between 20 and 30 minutes to complete. Once complete, the caregiver will receive an on-screen result of either a ‘low’ or ‘high’ likelihood of autism, as well as comprehensive formal assessment results via email.
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Learn more about the groundbreaking work happening at OTARC
- Autism and a meaningful life –Q&A with OTARC Director, Professor Cheryl Dissanayake
- Improving the lives of children with autism –Q&A with PhD Candidate Megan Clark
- Find out how OTARC’s researchers arehelping those with autism thrive
Photo: Genevieve and son Henry, who attended OTARC’s Early Assessment Clinic.