2017 ITASD Conference: new technologies at the service of people with autism

From 30 June to 2 July, the Reina Sofia Palace of the Arts in Valencia (Spain) will play host to the 2017 ITASD, with the support of the Orange Foundation in Spain. This was the third edition of the international festival of innovative technologies for people with autism.

ITASD 2017 is a leading conference to analyse the use of technology connected to autism. Over 20 countries were represented to explore the theme “Technology at the service of people, proof through practice”. The full programme is available on itasd.org.


2017 ITASD conference


The scientific committee selected 20 talks and 10 presentations of projects for people with autism from the following countries: Spain, the UK, the US, the Netherlands, Ireland, France, Denmark, Serbia, Canada, Chile, Peru, Columbia, the Russian Federation and Turkey.

With the presence of so many international participants recognized for their work in this area, ITASD 2017 offered a unique opportunity to reflect on technology and autism. The international dimension provided a context to find out about new developments and generate a fruitful conversation between different countries. Participants included: Rosalind W. Picard, director of the Affective Computing research group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab; Adam Harris, the young, Irish founder of AsIAm.ie; Sue Fletcher-Watson from the University of Edinburgh; Ouriel Grynszpan, a French researcher at Pierre et Marie Curie University.

ITASD, back in Spain

ITASD was born in Valencia in 2012, with the aim of responding to the widespread use of technology among people with autism and their loved ones. The two first editions each involved 500 participants, and presented technological tools from almost 30 different countries. In 2014, the ITASD took place in Paris, at the Institut Pasteur and was organized by the Orange Foundation. This year, the main organizers were the Adapta Foundation, the University of Valencia, the Generalitat Velenciana, and the CEFIRE (Spanish Ministry for Research, Education, Culture and Sport), with the support of the Orange Foundation Spain, the Reina Sofia Palace, the European Union’s Erasmus + programme and the ONCE Foundation.

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