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Cornell Tech start-up lands $1.13M for its technology that helps teachers of autistic children


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: September 26th, 2018

A Cornell Tech start-up has raised $1.13 million in venture capital to commercialize its digital solutions for teaching autistic children.

Thread Learning has developed an online portal and tablet app that can collect, chart and analyze multiple students’ behavioral tracking data simultaneously. Teachers can also use the technology to plan educational programs and share students’ progress with parents, doctors and therapists.

“Our goal is to get the best possible care for the millions of people in the world with autism,” says Thread Learning co-founder Greg Brill. “The fact that Thread Learning is super intuitive and flexible means that educators don’t have to change how they do things, which has been a problem with other tech products and is one reason why teachers have stuck with paper.”

The start-up estimates that teachers using the software will save up to 45 minutes per day, per student, allowing them to focus more on interacting with students rather than calculating their progress by hand.

Thread Learning is currently working with four clinic chains and will be employed at 10 campuses of NYC Autism Charter School in the coming school year. The start-up is also working with Proud Moments ABA, a leading autism therapy clinic, to develop a product that helps doctors and therapists manage their practices.

“We are looking at how we can effectively interpret our data,” says Brill. “The order that you teach things to kids with autism matters, and our collected data shows how successful different treatment paths are.”

Source: Cornell Chronicle

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