Meryl Alper In the Media
Meryl Alper for Northeastern
During National Autism Awareness Month, "Sesame Street" will air its first episode featuring a new Muppet: 4-year-old Julia, who has autism. Today the Northeastern chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma, along with the nonprofit Best Buddies, hosts its observance of Autism Awareness Day at Curry Crossroads. In recognition, we asked Northeastern experts to discuss some of the technologies being developed to help increase autonomy among people with autism.
Professor Meryl Alper argues that while technologies that help people communicate are a step in the right direction, they have their own shortcomings. Those technologies, she says, are subject to the same socioeconomic and social inequalities that govern society at large. Alper recently published a book on the topic.