In honor of April as Autism Awareness Month, MindSpec is hosting an autism essay contest for high school students. Although MindSpec is best known for creation of its autism gene database AutDB, we recently released Autism Reading Room, designed to enhance public understanding of autism research.
Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition diagnosed by deficits in three core areas: social interaction, communication, and repetitive behavior. We ask students to answer the following question:
How Can Technology Help People of All Ages with Autism Spectrum Disorders?
Your answers to this question may win you up to $250, plus online publication of your essay in Autism Reading Room. Essays will be judged by creativity, logic, eloquence, and grammar. MindSpec encourages contestants to address the needs of autistic people of all ages: children, adolescents, and adults.
May 31, 2012.
First Place: $250, Three Honorable Mentions: $100
All prize-winning essays will be published online in Autism Reading Room
High school students currently enrolled in grades 9-12.
600 word essay, typed using Microsoft Word (or equivalent word document software)
How to Submit:
E-mail essay to email@example.com by midnight on Thursday, May 31, 2012