Orenda at one of its first pitch sessions!

Orenda at one of its first pitch sessions!

According to the CDC, 1 out of 68 children in the United States have autism. Autism is a spectrum disorder, characterized by physical and emotional difficulties.

My team and I are exploring the subtleties and intricacies of the autism community. Having connected with many doctors, psychiatrists, researchers, therapists, teachers, families and friends of individuals with autism, we have identified major "pain points" for the autism community -- including the expense of therapy, the dependance on technology, and the lack of unified and connected sources of support and information for these families.

We worked with SAP, Design for America and several other members of the Stanford community on prototyping for an empathetic, curated resource hub harnessing the power of data, specifically for higher functioning teens and adults with autism looking at postsecondary and vocational opportunities. We were a member of SENSA, the Stanford Social Entrepreneurship hub.

Armed with a CS developer, Debnil Sur, the team of me, Gloria Chua and Nahva Tecklu came together to create Orenda.

Orenda is an online platform connecting parents of children with autism to the resources that are specific to the goals and aspirations for their children.

conceptualized + rendered by: Devika Patel, Gloria Chua