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Microsoft Kinect Aids in Autism Research

Monday, May 14th, 2012


Released in 2010, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 peripheral, the Kinect changed the way we viewed controller-free gaming. While Nintendo and PlayStation were the first in the marketing with the Wii and PS Move, respectively, Microsoft’s Kinect blazed a trail of response and control unlike its predecessors.  Only one day after its release, the Kinect’s internal software was “hacked” and made available for developers to play with. We’ve seen several adaptations of the Kinect software, like its application in the operating room, but none will have the potential of the autism-detection development being done by The University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development in Minneapolis described in an article by Forbes. (more…)

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World Autism Awareness Day

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Today is World Autism Awareness Day. People all over the world are wearing blue for autism awareness.

“Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum disorder” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause for autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today.” (Autism Society of America)

For more information on autism, visit the For Autistic Kids website.

-Kelly B.

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Abt Supports The For Autistic Kids Foundation

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Gandhi once said “Be the change you seek in the world.”  The employees of Abt Electronics have recently held a variety of fundraisers and events for “For Autistic Kids,” a foundation that the Abt family established to raise awareness and understanding of autism.  This disorder affects 1 out of 150 children each year.  One of the fundraisers were “Denim Days,” where employees participated by wearing their most fashionable denim to work and making a donation to the foundation.  In addition, polos, windbreakers, golf balls and sweaters with the “For Autistic Kids” logo were available for purchase.  A decadent bake sale took place in the morning of Friday, July 10th giving employees the option of delicious chocolate cake or scrumptious lemon cake to purchase. The event was a tasteful success!  That afternoon, dozens of Abt employees and their friends and families gathered for a 5k walk-a-thon.  Participants carried their spirit on their sleeves by forming teams, making badges to wear and some even made themed shirts. This event was not just a healthy step for a great cause, but it also gave employees an opportunity to connect with fellow coworkers. The walk-a-thon ended with a finish line BBQ, celebrating our efforts and accomplishments.

Some of the participants from the 5k walk-a-thon

The above mentioned events led up to the 8th Annual Golf Benefit that took place Monday, July 13th at the Glen View Club.  The day was broken up into a morning flight and an afternoon flight, with a dinner and silent auction in the evening.  Golfers had the opportunity to participate in the Hole-In-One Shoot Outs with prizes such as $750,000, a Harley Davidson motorcycle or Porsche vehicle.

Glenview Club in Golf, Illinois

Best Team Ball 1st Place Winners – Total Score 54

Michael Sperling (Sun-Times News Group), Dave Martin (Sun-Times News Group), Willie Abt, Ken Kadis (Mitsubishi) and John Smith (Mitsubishi)

Silent Auction Benefiting The For Autistic Kids Foundation

Thank you to everyone who supported and participated in the fundraisers and the golf benefit. Collectively, we can all make a difference.  To visit the “For Autistic Kids” website click here. –By Maral A.

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