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#273 Leap Alert - Communication Assistance

There aren't many resources available that help children with autism and other developmental/communication-related disabilities to comfortably and safely communicate with others (Source:

Champion Name

Meghan Butler




Jun 27, 2022


Sep 26, 2019


Why it matters

People with autism have different ways of communicating their needs, which can lead to frustrating situations. This is also difficult for parents with autistic children who need to work but fear leaving autistic children with caretakers or relatives who do not have experience with autism.

What does "good" look like?

Good looks like children with autism having more tools and technologies that they can use to communicate without having to be verbal.

How could technology solve this?

A team at HopHacks 2019 fall hackathon started Leap Alert, "which connects to an external motion detection software (Leap Motion) in order to recognize simple hand swipe gestures to select certain commands." Leap Alert gives people with autism access to gesture commands they can use to communicate emergencies and let others know they are distressed. Users can also use commands to access calming videos and other resources. Beyond this, the users with autism can also select from a list of videos which can calm them down (Source: