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Autistic man creates emergency chat app to help people like him

Ever felt so overwhelmed that you were at a loss for words? Most of us are able to bounce back from those moments of shock or awkwardness, but for people dealing with conditions like autism, your speech can be impeded at a time where there’s a desperate need for communication.

That’s why computer science student Jeroen De Busser created the Emergency Chat app.

Busser, who studies at the University of Antwerp in Belgium, is autistic.

During emergencies, some folks have panic attacks, and some autistic people will lose the ability to speak; they simply don’t have the mental energy needed to articulate their needs.