by Paul Fijal

CPO Awake Labs

Technology, learning, autism, special education

*Disclaimer – this blog post makes reference to organizations and technologies developed by people we admire. References to these groups does not explicitly mean that they endorse Awake Labs. All of the information and links shared in this blog post are part of the publicly domain.

Awake Labs is a team of engineers, software developers, and entrepreneurs. We are developing Reveal Stories – a trusted AI-powered app that helps people with autism and their caregivers share strategies with each other and get answers to their most important care questions.

Our company was born in 2015 because of the demand to build technology that could have an impact – something that would be a game-changer for the autism community. We’ve spent almost 4 years working closely with people with autism and their families, teachers, therapists, and caregivers to develop technology that can be useful everyday.

The Awake Labs team lives in a world of technology, and over the years we have come across a lot of tools, products, websites, and organizations built for the autism community. This blog post includes our list of highlights.

Technologies for learning

We’ve seen that technology creates new opportunities for learning for people with autism. Check out some of these tools:

  • Leka: an interactive robot to support education in an easier, more efficient and constant way
  • Magnus Mode: has grown into a powerful accessibility movement that is transforming the way people with special needs interact with the world
  • Holli: a project from the Autism Research Centre to help children with autism interact socially
  • LAMP: a full vocabulary AAC language app based on the Unity language system

At Awake Labs, we also like to learn about the day-to-day experiences of people with autism and their families. Here is where we go to hear from the community:

To learn more about Awake Labs and Reveal Stories, visit their website or send an email to Paul at [email protected]



The beneficent disability support team member. Can being kind negatively impact quality? YES!

What’s the difference between an IEP and a 504?

I’m totally ef’d!! Executive function disorder and language.

Can I change a 504 to an IEP? Well… maybe.

504? What the heck is a 504 Plan?

SETH TALK – my family and my autistic son

Where is Seth’s Mom? Meet and Greet at Gateway to Success Learning Center

ActuallyAutistic. From people first language to self identifying language.

SETH TALK – Ramone the Education Specialist

Parent’s rights and the IEP process in Maryland

Mental health jargon: what is anxiety?

Activities and events for disabled children – KEEN Greater DC special needs activities



Share your story with the community. Click here to contact us about doing a SETH TALK.

Interested in becoming a guest writer for Seth’s Mom. Click here to contact us.


External Resources

Support program: Autism Sibling Support Initiative

Support program: Sibling Support Project

Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council

Maryland Early Intervention and Special Education Services

Administration for Community Living

Pathfinders for Autism

Disability Scoop

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance