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Chicago Innovation Award Winner


Winner in: 2018
Winning Product: ExerciseBuddy
Winner Category: Up-and-Comer Award
Industries: Consumer Services, Technology

For people with autism, ExerciseBuddy has transformed exercise from a source of frustration and failure into an opportunity for success and confidence-building. More than a dozen academic systems and thousands of parents and professionals have loaded the ExerciseBuddy app onto their Apple and Android tablets to create unique workouts specifically for students with autism and related disorders. A paid subscription service, ExerciseBuddy embeds five proven teaching practices – 200 visual supports for types of exercises, video modeling, technology-aided instruction and data collecting, social narratives and exercise – to create workouts that improve muscle tone, motor planning and sensory integration.

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