Wikimedia Fellowships/Project Ideas/Autism Friendly Application

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List of project ideas Autism Friendly Gadget

Autism friendly Gadget, is a Wikipedia preference that help autistic people and neurotypicals, people who are not in the autism spectrum, understand each other better. By smoothing the communication between people, it reduces anxiety and misunderstanding.


An autism friendly application that allows autistic people separate dribble from the meaningful content.

Many autistic people spend hours trying to use their intellect to figure out what slangs and emotional displays mean. This application separate slangs(not my cup of tea), offensive words and emotional display(pissed off) from the content by using colour codes. It also offer action recommendations accordingly. When replying to the sender, suggestions are made according to the message received. For example, if someone sent me a message saying they are under the weather today. 'Under the weather' would light up as a slang and recommendations would list on the side when the mouse is cruised on to this area: 'under the weather: not feeling well. Reply: 1. Are you ok? 2. Do you want to talk about it or see a doctor? 3. Take it easy. 4. Ignore.

Targeted - addresses strategic theme(s) or goals
Ask: How does the project fit with WMF goals and current fellowship program theme(s)?
Answer: It reduce conflicts and misunderstandings.

Actionable - has concrete deliverables and outcomes
Ask: What will the project drivers do, how will they do it, and what will change as a result?
Answer: Design a application that links up with data sources that has information of slangs, offensive languages and emotional words. Write common action recommendations accordingly. Offensive language should automatically send notation to administrators.

Impactful - can have impact on a large group of people, articles, projects
Ask: Does it serve the many or the few?
Answer: It betters the entire humanity.

Sustainable - builds volunteer-driven continuity over time
Ask: After the fellowship is over, how could the initiative continue?
Answer: The application will stay to serve the community if anyone wish to download.

Scalable - has the potential to transfer knowledge or approaches to multiple languages or projects
Ask: How can the project model solutions to generate movement-wide value?
Answer: Autism is common globally. This application can even translate and tell the reader if the other person is speaking offensive terms in another language.

Measurable - can demonstrate impact
Ask: How will we know if the outcome is successful?
Answer: Put a counter on the downloading times.

Idea submitted by[edit]

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Prospective fellows[edit]

Would you like to be considered for a fellowship to work on this project?

If you'd like to take an active role in this project, either alone or in a team of fellows with complementary skills, please add your name below. Note that in order to be considered for a fellowship, you must also submit an application to the program.

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This section is for endorsements by people in the Wikimedia community. This is not a debate, vote, or poll, but it is a space for community members to describe in detail why they think a project idea is of value. Questions or concerns should go on the talk page. Endorsements by volunteers willing to work in collaboration with a fellowship recipient on a project are highly encouraged.

  • I think that anything which can improve communications between Wikipedians with differing thought processes has got to be a good idea. We have an almost-certainly higher percentage of autism-spectrum people than there is in the general population (Wikipedia is a honey-trap for autism-spectrum people). I'm a high-functioning autie myself, and have also professionally taught people from the entire range of neurotypical and autism spectrum. Anything which can act almost as a translation handbook ("X" means "Y") is a very good start, and I can see ways in which this project could gradually expand to cover other glitchy areas in communications, as well. Obviously it's not a magic wand and won't be able to solve everything, but even if it helps to solve some things it's good. I don't think I have the time resources to be a Fellow (though I could be wrong, not sure how much time is required!), but would be happy to be on hand to offer input as and when I can.

    Just adding: the following make interesting reading, if it assists neurotypicals to understand why we should not be "writing off" autism-spectrum editors, and helps in any level of understanding. Autistic workers: loyal, talented … ignored (Article from The Guardian), Six Principles Of Autistic Interaction, Learning Each Other's Language. Pesky (talkstalk!) 03:27, 7 September 2012 (UTC)