What does Google have to do with autism? Check out SketchUp and see!

Google SketchUp image of a houseYou just never know where a conference contact is going to lead. For example, who would’ve guessed that an autism conference would lead me to an opportunity to visit with folks from Google!

Google had a booth at the Autism Society of America conference last month so they could show off their free software program SketchUp. SketchUp was originally developed for users to create, modify and share 3D models. Turns out SketchUp helps folks with autism develop some skills, too. Check out this youtube video to see some of the autism SketchUp success stories.

On Tuesday I visited the Google Chicago office to brainstorm possibilities of how to reach out to people with autism and let more of them know about SketchUp. Google has heard the success stories from people with autism and is interested in spreading the word so others may benefit.

The Google office was exactly what I expected: incredibly hip surroundings, staff in flip-flops, even lava lamps in the reception area! What came shining through all this grooviness while speaking with the staff at Google during my visit is their desire to contribute back to their community. What a bonus to have such a well-known company take an interest in the world of autism.

So I am on the bandwagon, reaching out about SketchUp. Download the SketchUp program for free and let us know what you think.


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