In previous editions of ITASD over a hundred projects have been submitted from 30 different countries. This is what makes ITASD a truly international conference. The way in which technologies can help people with autism, their families and professionals is varied.

This third edition of ITASD 2017 is open to projects on a wide range of topics, always stressing the practical and functional aspects. As the name of the event suggests, it is important to highlight the innovative use of technology, accepting any technology (emerging or established) provided that its use is clearly innovative. So, the nature or level of sophistication of the technology is not a barrier to projects being accepted for ITASD.

ITASD 2017 project will admit projects that have validated their different tools with people with autism. Successes are to expected, but also studies that have proven that something doesn’t work, as this knowledge is also highly valuable. We will also admit projects that, although not directly empirical themselves, concentrate on the analysis and summary of empirical studies relating to technology and autism (systematic reviews, meta-analysis studies, books on technologies and autism, training programs or workshops).

Purely commercial presentations will not be accepted through this call for submissions. However, they can be presented in other areas of ITASD. Any interested parties can contact the ITASD organisers in order to do this.

The following topics are covered:

TECHNOLOGY DESIGN (including co-design or participatory / Maker movement): people with and ASD of different ages can and should take part in the design processes of the technology intended for them to use. The communities associated with the maker movement are making highly significant contributions to democratising the design processes and making them increasingly open and accessible.

CONNECTING TECHNOLOGIES WITH PEOPLE: finding the optimum solution for people with ASD is a major challenge, as there are as many forms of autism and there are people with autism. Work on facilitating this task is of particular importance in this third edition of ITASD, the theme of which is ‘connecting technologies with people'. This area includes search portals for autism apps, specific training in this field or smart systems to facilitate pairing, or even awareness actions to encourage the use of technologies by people with autism.

INSTRUMENTS FOR MEASURING ASD-RELATED SYMPTOMS: more recent technologies allow us to objectively measure numerous symptoms associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders. From sight monitoring systems to automatic analysis of the sounds made by children as well as other aspects such as the automatic analysis of body movement patterns.

EARLY INTERVENTION: set of solutions aimed at providing an effective response in small children with autism. This may include data recording technology in the home and automatic or semi-automatic analysis of that data. Programmes focuses on skills development or integral programmes making use of technology.

ALTERNATIVE AND AUGMENTATIVE COMMUNICATION: Considering the central role that communication difficulties play in autism, help to facilitate the development of communication and more effective communication are vitally important. The solutions or proposals presented in this and other areas can be aimed at people of any age, including adults. Also, those who in addition to autism, present other difficulties (such as visual disability).

LEISURE: the right of people with ASD to have access to the same leisure opportunities as everyone else makes solutions for access to electronic entertainment to these people at any stage in life, are considered a matter of priority.

TIME, ACTIVITIES AND ENVIRONMENT MANAGEMENT: people with autism benefit from support, mainly visual, aimed at facilitating their understanding of everyday life, anticipating upcoming activities and showing how much time there is left to complete tasks. There are more and more technological solutions for this area, which is considered highly necessary in the treatment of autism at any age.

SELF-DETERMINATION AND SELF-REGULATION: projects will be considered that are aimed at measuring biological parameters and providing personalised management, intended for people with autism to learn to self-regulate with the support of technology where this can be of use. Technology also offers numerous opportunities to provide knowledge of the different alternatives in everyday life and help to make informed decisions. This includes biological parameter measures relating to stress, which serve as reference and control for specific intervention.

LANGUAGE AND LITERACY: there are numerous initiatives underway aimed at taking advantage of technology, through innovative use, to support language and literacy learning in people with ASD.

EMOTIONAL AND SOCIAL LEARNING: this is also a key aspect in autism where innovative technologies offer huge opportunities, including facial recognition technology, different educational apps and solutions focusing on facilitating social comprehension, video games based on several technologies, and on tools for the elaboration and consultation of social stories. This includes tools for working on the area of affection and sexuality.

ACCESS TO EDUCATION SYLLABUS: there are more and more technologies that facilitate access to and progress within the school syllabus for any student. Those that consider the specific need for support of people with autism are considered key to allowing them to benefit from educational support and to make progress in learning the contents of the educational syllabus.

ACCESS TO EMPLOYMENT: people with autism can be very successfully involved in different tasks relating to quality control or software. It is also very frequent now to use technological solutions to facilitate different aspects such as tasks scheduling and the coordination of support to enable the person with ASD to be involved in a standard company. We accept the experiences of people who have undergone employment integration in technology or who have used technological support to access or perform a job.

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