With the 21st Century known as the age of information, access to knowledge can change our lives in so many ways. Yet comprehension difficulties are a core characteristic of those on the autistic spectrum, making extracting meaning a distinct challenge. Victoria Yaneva outlines how technology can help bridge these differences in learning, by building upon the strengths of those with autism rather than focusing on weaknesses.
Victoria Yaneva is currently completing her PhD in Computational Linguistics at the University of Wolverhampton, exploring how texts and the web can be made accessible to people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). With a background in psychology, Victoria’s research focuses on the intersection between language comprehension in people with developmental disorders and language assistance solutions for these populations. As a result, she is developing AUTOR, a web app which helps experts and non-experts to write accessible content for readers with autism; one of the core characteristics of autism being atypical communication which can affect education, employability and social inclusion. Victoria is also an Autism Advisor at Autism West Midlands in Birmingham, working with newly-diagnosed adults on the spectrum, and works alongside the Walsall Befriending Service.
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