Jonathan Izak founded SpecialNeedsWare with the goal of creating a solution to help his younger brother, Oriel, improve communication. Years of watching Oriel struggle to express his wants and needs using all of the existing technology and interventions available was frustrating and heartbreaking for Jon and his family. After more than a year of development, SpecialNeedsWare launched AutisMate – the only comprehensive mobile-based technology platform that provides a suite of visual supports to assist in the learning and development of communication, behavior and life skills. AutisMate's results with Oriel exceeded all expectations, inspiring Jon and SpecialNeedsWare's vision of providing a pathway to independence for those with developmental disabilities.