At Identifor, we are obsessed about the future. For most parents, the future is a place of possibility. The destination of dreams.
But if your child has Autism or a special need, the future doesn't always seem bright. We know it's often filled with more fear ...than excitement, more... worry than hope. When just getting through today feels like a challenge, thinking past tomorrow can feel impossible.
Identifor was created by a mom and a dad who worry a lot about their son's future. Parents who realized their autistic son's future path wasn't unclear because he wasn't capable, but because his unique capabilities had yet to be discovered. Parents who recognized that the standardized measures by which schools evaluate students were too rigid to work for children with special needs.
Parents who understood that if you knew what was possible, you could create a better action plan. These parents set out to help others answer questions such as "Can your child do mental arithmetic with four digit numbers? Does he think in pictures or words or music? Would she rather be outside working with plants or at a computer creating a mobile app?"
They teamed up with the best and brightest minds in science, education, and technology to develop a better way to identify individual abilities, skills, and interests.
Identifor isn't a skill-building technology. It's not designed to help students do better in math or science or language. Instead, it is a tool that systematically uncovers an individual's underlying abilities and executive functioning skills. It also uncovers how the individual likes to spend his/her time to explore relevant career interests.
Identifor uses objective metrics and quantifiable data. Our metrics reveal an individual's:
Abilities using the work pioneered by Harvard Professor Howard Gardner in his theory of Multiple Intelligences.
Executive Function (EF) skills based on the work by Professor George McCloskey from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, a leading author in the growing field of EF.
Career interests building on the work by John Holland from Johns Hopkins University.
Identifor also offers Companion:
Adults with special needs have stated that managing course schedules (including exam dates, labs, etc.) and returning from scheduled breaks can be especially challenging in everyday life. Identifor created the "Companion" app to help teens and adults address these challenges, and many more!The Companion app is a 24/7 personalized aide for teens and adults with special needs. It uses Abby - our artificial intelligence avatar - to have real back-and- forth conversations with the user.Abby is different than the other artificial intelligent personal assistants you may have used, like Siri or Alexa. Abby is specifically designed to support someone in a direct and meaningful way. Through Companion, Abby can also:
- Manage your entire schedule: wake up, bed time, medications, classes, breaks, laundry, etc. If you can imagine the need, Abby can remind you of it.
- Keep you up to date on the weather, and what clothes/accessories you may need for the day.
- Provide navigation help: walking/driving directions, public transit, and even get you an Uber.
- Calculate tips and splits while paying bills in restaurants, including payment suggestions.
- Teach you how to accomplish tasks in everyday (e.g. make tacos, do laundry, etc.).
- Get to know you, your needs, and your routines.