While many people are able to learn and understand the digital world through our everyday lives, whether that be communicating with friends and family or at our jobs, that might not always be the case for autistic students, explained Michele McKeone, founder of Digitability, on The Cycle.

“So we create a highly synthesized system that teaches those skills incrementally,” she said.

By winning this competition Digitability hopes to “mobilize this large and growing population,” McKeone added. “The graduate school of education provides so many supportive services and winning this competition is going to allow us to now scale out our products so we can begin to serve families and get our product into the hands of those who really need it the most.”