Alumna Featured on 'Philadelphia' Magazine Cover

Autism Expressed, founded by Michele McKeone BS '05 (Communication), included in publication's list of Philly's 20 coolest start-ups

November 5, 2013

Michele McKeone BS '05 (Communication), a former UArts Corzo Center Incubator/Wells Fargo Fellow, is featured on the cover of the November 2013 issue of Philadelphia magazine as part of a story spotlighting entrepreneurs titled "Philly in the Age of the Start-Up." The publication includes her company Autism Expressed on its list of Philly’s 20 coolest start-ups.

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Encouraged by her former professor, Neil Kleinman, senior fellow at the University's Corzo Center for the Creative Economy, McKeone applied for the Corzo Center Creative Incubator/Wells Fargo Fellowship. Her time in the Creative Incubator program helped her refine the idea and gain business insight, and she received a $10,000 grant to put her new knowledge to use.

The digital literacy program created for autistic teens was also named the 2013 Geekadelphia Start-Up of the Year and was awarded a $20,000 prize from the Educational Business Plan Competition.

Autism Expressed allows students with autism to learn basic Internet-literacy skills, as well as online safety and etiquette, in an independent or classroom setting. The South Philadelphia High School special education teacher started using the program in her own classroom, but wanted to make it available for use by other schools and organizations.

The public platform of Autism Expressed launched in October 2012 and has been signing up schools and individual subscribers since then.

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