João Canelhas


Mother develops a visual cues wristband for her son

When her younger son was diagnosed with Autism, Denise quickly became educated on the use of Visual Cues – single-image pictures that help those with language and communication challenges perform everyday tasks.

Since people with Autism think in pictures, visual cues help them follow a schedule, manage behavior, tolerate new activities, and communicate with others.
Denise’s son’s behavior and language skills improved dramatically with the use of visual cues, but the cues were often time-consuming to make and cumbersome to transport and manage.

Diabetic patient develops an affordable method of producing insulin

According to the World Health Organization, more than 420 million people around the world — including over 29 million Americans — have diabetes.
Although insulin had been synthesized long ago, this hormone is one of fewer and fewer drugs for which no generic version is available.

Man with type 1 diabetes invents “smart cap”

John was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was three-years-old. Tired of living a life of second-guessing himself about whether or not he had administered his insulin dose, John and his brother Andreas decided to create a solution that would make life easier for him, and all other people living with diabetes. So they came up with the “smart cap”. This cap fits onto all major insulin pen brands and has a built-in timer to show how long it has been since the last insulin injection was administered.

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