This Group of Changemakers is Making the World More Inclusive Through Video Games

By Emily Veith
Jan 13, 2020 3:00 PM ET

For the second consecutive year, T-Mobile, along with the T-Mobile Foundation and Ashoka, put out the call to young visionaries across the country to submit their world-changing ideas to the Changemaker Challenge. This contest encourages trailblazing young adults to submit big ideas that will make their communities – and the world – a more connected, sustainable, and inclusive place.

One of the standout groups this year was Social Cipher. Their video game Ava was selected as the technology category winner for the Changemaker Challenge. This team of game developers, autism advocates, and social entrepreneurs is on a mission to make neurodiverse inclusion a reality through representation, self-advocacy, and empowerment through their video game, Ava. This role-playing video game gives autistic players a safe space to apply and understand social skills while also learning to advocate for themselves through characters that represent them. Read on to hear from one of the Social Cipher co-founders, Amy Wu, on how they are empowering those with developmental disabilities to not view their diagnosis as a deficit, but a superpower. 

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