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Lisa Domican is a social entrepreneur and developer of Grace App which provides non-verbal people with Autism with a simple way to communicate.
As the mother of two teenagers with Autism, Lisa Domican, in collaboration with a successful games developer, developed a simple picture communications app which allows non-verbal people with Autism or other disabilities to effectively communicate by creating sequences of pictures and thus forming sentences. Her goal is to make it possible for everyone, regardless of disabilities, to be able to express what they want.
Lisa actively campaigns for communication to be seen as a right rather than a privilege. She is the founder of Grace App Communication, a company which sets out to demonstrate that independent communication support can be affordable, accessible, and adaptable.
Since its launch, Lisa and Grace App have received several awards: an Irish Blog award for Best Group Blog while working with Irish Autism, United Nations World Summit Award for M-learning & education, an Irish Web Award for Best App, Women Mean Business Award, Image Magazine Business Woman of the Year, and David Manley Award for best Social Entrepreneur.
She gave a TED talk entitled “Imaginable Intelligence – Everybody Deserves to be Heard” at TEDx Dublin in 2013.
Lisa was selected as one of Silicon Republic’s 100 Women in STEM in 2014, and was invited to speak at Inspire Fest’s fringe in the summer of 2015.
She also blogs about her family life and the challenges of raising two teenagers with Autism.
She is regularly asked to speak on Special Needs policy, technology, and parenting, and her views are widely appreciated as she brings her own unique life experiences to the topic.
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