Pod 34: Zafer Elcik Co-Founder of Otsimo

Today on the Big Abilities podcast, I have a conversation with Otsimo co-founder Zafer Elcik.

Zafer is a multidisciplinary computer scientist, a philanthropist, a rising star in the tech entrepreneurship world, a speaker, a Fellow of Ashoka, which is a community of change leaders who support changemaking for the good of society, and he has won multiple awards about social impacts across the world. 

But most importantly, Zafer is a big brother to Alper. When Alper was two years old, he was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Because of the impacts of Alper’s ASD, he wasn’t able to attend school when he got older. He was also nonverbal. It was a challenging time for Zafer’s family. And they were desperate to help Alper.

Zafer said was Alper got older, he was very interested in Zafer’s smartphone, but there were few apps that actually were designed for Alper to be able to use effectively.

Zafer decided well, he’d make one! The first app was designed to teach Alper colors. Then the concept began to grow and grow. As Alper started to learn, Zafer started to realize if this app is helping his brother maybe it could help other children with special needs. Thus Otsimo was born.

Otsimo is an educational app designed specifically for children on the autism spectrum and with other developmental disabilities. What began as Zafer’s passion to help his little brother, is now helping families across the globe, including my own!

I can’t wait for you to hear more about Zafer and Otsimo!

Amy Nielsen’s Interview with Zafer Elcik of Otsimo

Click here to check out the Otsimo website!

You can reach Zafer at zelcik@otsimo.com

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Amy Nielsen

Amy Nielsen is a former children's librarian of nearly twenty years. She now spends most of her time obsessively pounding on a keyboard. She is the author of It Takes a Village: How to Build a Support System for Your Exceptional Needs Family, Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder. Her upcoming YA Worth it debuts in May of 2024. She is also a freelance writer for The Autism Helper. When she's not writing, she and her family are most likely crusing the waters of Tampa Bay.