A team of Purdue’s engineering students has created a device that helps children with autism develop language skills, a prototype device called HEARD. Their mission was to help children with autism improve their independence and change the future for kids with autism. This handheld educational device helps children and other individuals with autism develop communication skills. With this device, children can communicate with others through pictures, using radio frequency identification cards or RFIDs. For instance, if the RFID card has an apple on it, the card can be placed in the device and then it would output the speech.
Perdue University in West Lafayette offers more than 200 majors for undergraduates, over 70 master’s and doctoral programs, and professional degrees in pharmacy and veterinary medicine. In addition, Purdue has 18 intercollegiate sports teams and more than 900 student organizations. Purdue is a member of the Big Ten Conference and enrolls the second largest student body of any university in Indiana, as well as the fourth largest international student population of any university in the United States.
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