Brain Games at the Ontario Science Centre

Zeely AdventuresTM in partnership with the Ontario Brain Institute will be participating with Brain Games at the Ontario Science Centre on Sat. Dec. 6th and Sun. Dec. 7th 2014.

Get your hands on some of exciting and interactive technology where your body and brain meet through gameplay.  From brain-training programs to games that get you movin’ and groovin’, try out apps, puzzles and other activities that neuroscientists use in their cutting-edge research.

See the latest developments taking place in Ontario and learn how neuroscience is revolutionizing the gaming experience for entertainment, health, education and wellness.

You can find out more about the application by visiting the Ontario Science Centre.

 

Celebrating World Down Syndrome Day March 21st 2014

Celebrating World Down Syndrome Day

Ottawa, ON, March 17, 2014,

Children with Down syndrome usually have an extra chromosome in each cell and this can affect all parts of the body. They have some degree of learning disability which varies greatly from child to child. Most children reach all the usual milestones but do so at their own pace.

Research shows children with Down Syndrome show a specific deficit in processing facial expressions with a specific deficit in perceiving surprise and fear. Research also shows that you can teach emotion recognition to children with special needs.

Based on this a Canadian mother, Natasha D’Souza, was inspired to build a therapy app to help children learn emotions. Discovering Emotions with Zeely is an education tool that teaches children how to identify emotions and practice recognizing facial expressions. Research has shown that the inability to recognize and interpret facial expressions is a serious developmental hurdle for children with special needs. To celebrate World Down Syndrome Day, Discovering Emotions with Zeely will be offered FREE on March 21st 2014.

Contrary to what many think, children with Down Syndrome can live a full life. “The key to ensuring your child reaches her potential is to make sure she has good medical care, along with the right social and educational support.,” said D’Souza. “Social skills simply aren’t taught anymore in the school due to a lack of resources and limited staff. That’s what motivated me to develop this application.

The application, which took a year to develop assists parents, educators and therapists working with children with special needs, including Down Syndrome. Detailed data collection and reporting tools assist with tracking a child’s progress and sharing the information between therapist, home and school.

D’Souza also has a Masters’ in Technology Innovation Management from Carleton University.

The app is available for download at

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/discovering-emotions-zeely/id786676546?ls=1&mt=8

You can find out more about the application by visiting ZeelyAdventures.com. Follow the application on Twitter @ZeelyAdventures and like the application on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ZeelyAdventures.

Natasha D’Souza

info at zeelyadventures dot com

Mum Launches iPad App, Zeely Adventures, to Help Children with Autism

Mum launches iPad app to help children with autism.

Ottawa, ON (PRWEB) January 27, 2014

A Canadian mother of two and an electrical engineer by profession has launched a new iPad app designed to help children suffering with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Natasha D’Souza is the woman behind the development of the app, which is available via the App Store.

Zeely Adventures - Reporting progress

Zeely Adventures – Reporting progress

Discovering Emotions with Zeely is an education tool that teaches children how to identify emotions and practice recognizing facial expressions. Research has shown that the inability to recognize and interpret facial expressions is a serious developmental hurdle for children with autism, which severely hampers their inter-personal skills.

“It’s my opinion that the medical system is drug-oriented and not the only solution,” said D’Souza. Social skills simply aren’t taught anymore in the school due to a lack of resources and limited staff. That’s what motivated me to develop this application.”

In December of 2013, the Auditor General of Ontario released a report indicating that children with autism in this province wait for years for diagnosis and therapy that could change their lives.
The application, which took a year to develop assists parents, educators and therapists working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD or other special needs including Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. Detailed data collection and reporting tools assist with tracking a child’s progress and sharing the information between therapist, home and school.

All of the programmers and developers who worked on the application have children with special needs. D’Souza also has a M.Eng in Technology Innovation Management from Carleton University.

You can find out more about the application by visiting ZeelyAdventures.com. Follow the application on Twitter @ZeelyAdventures and like the application on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ZeelyAdventures.
The app is available for download at $19.99 at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/discovering-emotions-zeely/id786676546?ls=1&mt=8.

Entrepreneur receives Neuroscience Fellowship

May 2013, Ottawa – CEO and Founder of Virtual EyeSee, Natasha D’Souza, receives the Neuroscience Entrepreneurial Fellowship given by the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) in partnership with Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE). D’Souza was awarded the fellowship for her virtual therapy app designed for students with special needs. D’Souza’s fellowship is one of 10 Ontario post-graduate fellowships to help entrepreneurs turn their neuro-discoveries into companies and jobs. 

Neuroscience Entrepreneurial Fellowship

Neuroscience Entrepreneurial Fellowship

Natasha D’Souza, CEO and Founder of VirtualEyeSee.
Natasha D’Souza is an engineer, an award-winning entrepreneur, and the founder and CEO of VirtualEyeSee. As a mother of a child with special needs, Natasha knew that there had to be a way to engage her child in learning and practicing the skills they were working on.  Natasha’s thesis for her Masters of Engineering at Carleton University was for the design of a virtual therapy app for children of special needs. Zeely Adventures was designed as a fun and engaging educational tool that encourages independent play through game-based motivation.

Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc.
Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) drives the commercialization of cutting-edge research across key market sectors to build the economy of tomorrow and secure Ontario’s global competitiveness. In doing this, OCE fosters the training and development of the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs and is a key partner with Ontario’s industry, universities, colleges, research hospitals, investors and governments. A champion of leading-edge technologies, best practices and research, OCE invests in sectors such as advanced health, digital media and information communications, advanced manufacturing and materials, and cleantech including energy, environment and water. OCE is a key partner in delivering Ontario’s Innovation Agenda as a member of the province’s Ontario Network of Excellence (ONE). Funded by the Government of Ontario, the ONE is made up of regional and sector-focused organizations and helps Ontario-based entrepreneurs rapidly grow their company and create jobs.

Ontario Brain Institute
The Ontario Brain Institute is a provincially-funded, not-for-profit research centre seeking to maximize the impact of neuroscience and establish Ontario as a world leader in brain discovery, commercialization and care. We create convergent partnerships between researchers, clinicians, industry, patients, and their advocates to foster discovery and deliver innovative products and services that improve the lives of those living with brain disorders.

Please contact VirtualEyeSee for more information.

Photo Credit: Ontario Centres of Excellence

Chancellor Charles Chi entrepreneur pitch session

Carleton University students pitch new business ideas to Chancellor Charles Chi, a venture capitalist from Silicon Valley, CA.

Chancellor Charles Chi entrepreneur pitch sessions

Chancellor Charles Chi entrepreneur pitch sessions

The presenters are part of an elite group of the Carleton Entrepreneurs program, a campus-wide initiative that increases innovation and fosters an entrepreneurial spirit among students and recent graduates. Their business opportunities have been endorsed by review boards comprised of serial entrepreneurs, economic development officers, company managers, service providers, consultants and academics.

Video Credit: Carleton University 5:53-6:03

Student entrepreneur receives inaugural Nicol Internship

March 2012, Ottawa – VirtualEyeSee CEO and Founder, Natasha D’Souza, receives an inaugural Nicol Internship from the Nicol Entrepreneurial Institute at Carleton University  for her work on a virtual therapy app to support students with special needs.

Nicol Interns 2012

Nicol Interns 2012

“The Nicol interns personify the talent, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit of Carleton’s extraordinary students,” said Carleton President Roseann O’Reilly Runte. “Mentored by our faculty, they have developed winning strategies for success, not only on campus but in business.”

Natasha D’Souza, CEO and Founder of VirtualEyeSee.

Natasha D’Souza is an engineer, an award-winning entrepreneur, and the founder and CEO of VirtualEyeSee. As a mother of a child with special needs, Natasha knew that there had to be a way to engage her child in learning and practicing the skills they were working on.  Natasha’s thesis for her Masters of Engineering at Carleton University was for the design of a virtual therapy app for children of special needs. Zeely Adventures was designed as a fun and engaging educational tool that encourages independent play through game-based motivation.

Nicol Entrepreneurial Institute at Carleton University
The Nicol Entrepreneurial Institute at Carleton University offers up $140,000 in funding each year to support up to 18 student entrepreneurs.  The $140,000 a year will be generated by interest on $3.5-million endowment fun contributed by the Wes and Mary Nicol Foundation and Carleton University.  Income generated by the endowment will support four to six Carleton students each academic term (12 to 18 students a year).

Please contact VirtualEyeSee for more information.