Autism West Midlands celebrates double win for its Connect platform

| 3rd Nov 14

Autism West Midlands’ free online platform Connect has won in two categories of the Digital Impact Awards 2014: ‘Best Development of a Proprietary Social Media Platform’ and ‘Best Community Development’.

The Digital Impact Awards celebrate the best in new digital media and are judged by digital communications specialists.

Connect makes socialising significantly easier for people with autism. It gives members an opportunity to communicate without the presence of body language and facial expressions, encouraging people with autism to engage with the community.

The site has been developed with a focus on usability. Its content is user-generated and the website’s blog offers a platform for autistic voices. As such the tool is dynamic and responsive to the needs and values of the entire autism community.

Features include the following:

– A question and answer page
– An events calendar
– E-learning packages
– A service directory that gives users the chance to rate businesses and service providers relevant to the autism community.

Julia Begley, Digital Community Executive, at Autism West Midlands said: “We are thrilled to win these awards for Connect. We hope that we can provide a safe space for people with autism and their families to discuss their experiences, make friends and learn about autism. It is very exciting for this service to be recognised in this way and we are very proud.”