LightAide uses LED light sequences to engage with children who have low vision and cognitive disabilities.

Photo Credit: LightAide

Photo Credit: LightAide

Catherine Rose is the mom of a surviving twin who spent her first 72 days in the Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and was born with issues in both her vision and hearing. Her second daughter has behavioral and learning issues. To take matters into her own hands, Rose used her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and began working with Philips to create LightAide.

LightAide is a teaching tool designed specifically for children who have low vision and/or cognitive disabilities. It uses LED light sequences for colorful displays that teach a variety of lessons, including complex literacy practice, color identification and basic math. There are even activities designed to teach social interactions, such as turn-taking and negotiation.

The device is meant to grow with the user, so that lessons become more complex with more practice. You can also make a playlist of activities for continuous learning.

See one child's reaction to LightAide in the video below.