A Belgian man with autism has created an "Emergency Chat" app for communicating in situations where speech is not an option. Jeroen De Busser, a student in computer science at the University of Antwerp, came up with the idea after experiencing an anxiety attack during which he found himself unable to communicate verbally with friends.
The app allows users who are unable to speak because of a medical or psychiatric condition to select among a number of pre-programmed messages depending on the nature of the emergency -- "Aspie attack," "asthma attack," "trach meltdown" -- then displays the message on a splash screen that others can read and respond to. Users can also enter their own messages.
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