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An app for autism and more…one families journey

The Anbari family was surprised with the exciting news of twins six years ago. But as both Katie and Austin grew, there were differences and challenges with Austin. After his diagnosis, mom Kristen, threw herself and her talents into Autism Speaks. As the Southeastern Connecticut Walk Now for Autism Speaks Chair, Kristen cultivated the southeastern section of the state and has helped raised significant awareness, education and funds. Including the planning of an Autism Awareness Game with WNBA’s CT Sun and personally writing, photographing and testing a social story on visiting the Mystic Aquarium. Dad Ammar was ready to help as well.

Ammar, along with daughter Katie, wrote and published a book. Katie knew she had to help her brother and others like him. “A is for Autism” was it. The book goes through the alphabet with each letter representing something about autism. Facts about autism and Autism Speaks are in the book as well. Katie used sales from the book for her walk fundraising efforts and was the top individual fundraiser at over $5,000.

Ammar then went on to create an app to help those on the autism spectrum, “LED Paint Board”. The app is free and been downloaded over 1600 times in the past week. The app simulates a light board. It allows the user to paint with LED light bulbs or enter LED letters or numbers. Different colors can be chosen and they can flash on or off if selected. The iPad, iPhone and other electronic devices and tablets are so helpful for some individuals on spectrum, and this app only will help with interaction, communication and learning. Austin approves.


For more information on “A is for Autism” and walk fundraising ideas, please email

To download this app, go to the Mac appstore at:

Katie and Austin, enjoying Long Island sound and seashells at their home in Stonington, CT.

Make sure to check out our new Autism Apps Search Engine here.

Interested in participating at one of our Walks? Check out our Walk Now For Autism Speaks page here to see if there is a walk in your area!


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