The Institute was selected as one of seven finalists for the Northeast Arc “Arc Tank” Challenge–a one day pitch-fest event at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, MA on November 27, 2018. Here, a representative of IMI will present a virtual reality functional communication activity (VR-FCA) program aimed at improving skill acquisition and transference for children on the autism spectrum. This funding will help create, test and disseminate innovative training modules for children with deficits in social communication and social interaction.¬† In selecting the seven finalists for this event, the Northeast Arc stated that “The semi-finalists reflect President Kennedy’s vision for bold new ideas, and his belief of that each of us has the power to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most.”

 

This event is part of a larger effort of IMI to procure funding for innovative VR and autism research. The Institute is excited to work toward to this goal with the Northeast Arc and other national organizations.

For the full story on the Northeast Arc “Arc Tank” challenge, visit: https://patch.com/massachusetts/boston/announcements/a/58251/seven-semifinalists-chosen-to-pitch-at-the-arc-tank-2-0-competition