Virtual Environments Help Individuals with Autism

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The iSocial project is a partnership between the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies and MU’s Thompson Center for Autism & Neuro Developmental Disorders. Under the direction of Jim Laffey, the iSocial team is creating a 3D Virtual Learning Environment to help develop social competence for individuals with autism. According to the Center for Disease Control, from 1994 to 2005 the number of children and youth ages 6–21 years receiving services for ASD increased from approximately 20,000 to 200,000.