Publish Date : 12th June, 2016
AIMS (Advanced Intelligent Multidisciplinary Systems) Lab received a innovation grant (Taka 23.5 lacs) from Access to Information (A2I) Programme, Prime Minister’s Office to develop Autism Screening Application (Autism Barta : A mobile interactive tools for automatic screening of autism). This project will be developed collaboratively with JPUF, MoSW, IPNA, NDD Trust and other relevant organization to make it successful for implementation in the future. On 7th June 2016, a grant awarding ceremony was held at Prime Minister’s Office, where this innovation was awarded. In the picture (from the left) Kabir bin Anwar, director general (admin), PMO and project director, A2I programme, Professor Dr. Mohammad Nurul Huda, Professor, Department of CSE, United International University, Dr. Khondakar Abdullah Al Mamun, Director, AIMS Lab and Associate Professor, Department of CSE, United International University, Nasreen Ara Surat Amin, Managing Director (Additional Secretary), Jatiya Protibondhi Unnayan Foundation, Md. Anwar Ullah, Director (Admin & Finance), Jatiya Protibondhi Unnayan Foundation.
To increase autism awareness and education in Bangladesh, AIMS Lab proposed an interactive approach for Autism Screening called “Autism Barta’’, a mobile interactive, culture- sensitive, community-based screening tool for autism. This automated screening tool will streamline referrals for Autism assessment and intervention. Community health workers (or parents) will use Autism Barta to screen children for possible autism. Once a child screens positive, Autism Barta will connect the family with Autism resources (i.e. nearby Assessment and Intervention Centre) for diagnosis and intervention. Autism Barta will create awareness and new marketable skills around autism in communities that will enhance sustainability. Autism Barta also uses telecommunication networks to transfer data for referral, assessment and monitoring.