Bill Macdonald, Co-Founder of Akiva Metaverse, Chairman of the Canucks Autism Network

Bill got involved with the Canucks Autism Network over a decade ago and has been its Chairman of the Board for the past few years. Frustration with the inefficient hoops families need to go through after receiving their first autism diagnosis led Bill to Alex Landa where they co-founded Akiva. As parents to autistic children, Bill and Alex understood the need to create a better learning system that doesn't rely on the one hour a therapist randomly picks to visit the child regardless of their ability to learn at that particular moment.

By creating an educational system on a platform owned by the families, people can learn at their own pace, wherever they are most comfortable and at times where they are most likely to find success. It literally puts success into the hands of the individual.

And focusing on the visual engagement most people on the spectrum find success at, the Akiva Metaverse is accessible through Virtual Reality on the Oculus Quest 2. You don't even need controllers to make it work. Through hand tracking and a companion app, people of varying degrees of capabilities are able to take part in Akiva and they can do so at many stages of life development. While currently designed for both younger kids and older kids, the overall intention is for Akiva to stay with the individual and help them as they age and transition into adulthood. Constantly creating new worlds and stories, Akiva is a great way to immerse the user in an educational ecosystem in a fun and engaging way.

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