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APAE Brasil

APAE Brasil is developing an SMS messaging system to support families who have children with developmental disabilities.

Problem

In Brazil, family and societal marginalization and stigmatization of people with cognitive disabilities severely limits opportunities for education, employment, and inclusion. 95% of children with Down Syndrome in Brazil do not attend school regularly, 92% are considered illiterate, and 50% are highly dependent on their parents for simple, everyday tasks.

Project

With a $150,000 grant from Google.org, APAE Brasil will adapt existing child development and Down Syndrome-specific content into SMS text messaging programs to easily share information with families. They will also develop monitoring and evaluation framework to track behavior change at the family and individual level to understand how to scale the program.

Impact

Increase educational and employment outcomes for people with cognitive disabilities by using technology to promote social and educational inclusion.