_ In today's society, autistic kids, in my opinion, are misunderstood. Many times they are labeled horrible names like stupid or even mentally retarded. I wanted to change that by taking a stand and making my freshman project to help parents who are influenced by autism, whether they have this disease or are caregivers to someone who does. Apps for Autism was a project that I had only dreamed about because being a young, teenage girl, you don't ever really believe an adult who is married and have kids would actually come to you for help. I was the exception! I created a Twitter account, Apps for Autism. I began blogging two times a day, and sometimes even three. With the help from my teacher, Mrs. Vicki Davis, I was gaining up to 3 followers a day by the last 4 months of my project and being contacted by parents who needed help. My mentor was the greatest woman anyone could have asked for. She really helped me because she shared the same passion as me. Soon, my project took off! I even got to beta test an app with a company who is unforgettable in how much they wanted to make a difference in a child's social skills with autism. I gained their support and they gained mine. As I traveled deeper into my journey, I chose to take the path that involved apps. My reason for this was because kids with autism tend to have trouble learning depending on the severity of their condition. By taking on apps, I knew my support would grow and this would help parents more than ever who were busy balancing every day orders, if they chose to take my advice. I created a Tumblr account and began testing apps and reviewing them. Thanks to my awesome friends letting me use their iPads, I was able to test a good bit of apps. Parents from all over America were direct messaging me on Twitter asking for apps they could use with their kids, along with lists of apps that they suggested! It felt amazing feeling like I was actually making a difference. Finally, I was getting somewhere and doing something that not many freshman can say they did. I am going to try my best to keep Apps for Autism updated because technology is constantly changing with new ways to learn. Apps for Autism really opened my eyes to what all I was capable of doing.
During my Sophomore year, I was able to contribute to our school and lend a hand while we put on Bocce Ball for the Special Olympics. It was extremely fun! I loved being apart of it and watching their faces as they threw the ball. It made it all very worthwhile and I can't wait to do it again next year!