My brother was diagnosed with severe autism when he was 2 years old. I was 10 back then. He had been non-verbal and unable to read for a long time. I remember those days when we wanted him to speak a word.
He was having a hard time with focusing and learning. But when I bought my first smartphone, I realized my brother has a special interest in smart devices, about 10 times longer than his usual attention to his surroundings. After that, I bought him an iPad as a gift.
Then I noticed a problem. There weren’t suitably designed applications for children with disabilities like his. Some communication apps (AAC) were too expensive, and the games were very difficult for him. Because of that, he could play only a few apps, some of which included ads that can be harmful to him.
So with my close friend, we decided to build a basic color game to teach colors to my brother. In a relatively short period of time, he became able to distinguish the colors. His interest and success inspired us to build games for every child who can benefit from them, and we created Otsimo, a mobile education platform for children with disabilities.
We believe that education is a basic human right and are determined to improve our work until proper special education is available and accessible to each and every household in need.
Zafer Elcik, Co-founder of Otsimo
We work together on lessons daily, but he can also play independently. He loves the sound games so much he'd play all day if I let him!
I am a special education teacher in an special education school. The app is very convenient and useful for my children. I recommend it to all my colleagues.
As a behavior specialist I will be recommending to the families I work with. I’m particularly thrilled about the no-advertising approach!
Co-Founder, Product Manager
Educational Program Trainee