Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Squag is an online social platform for kids with autism and their siblings. Parents apply for an account for their child, which is reviewed by a staff member to ensure that they are well-intended members of the autistic spectrum disorder community. Once their registration is approved, parents set up their dashboard and provide content that becomes the framework for their child’s Squag experience. The curated content appears in the child’s Squagpad, a virtual sunlit room with simple visuals and clean animation. Squagpads enable autistic kids to cultivate self-expression and self-advocacy, showcase their strengths and accomplishments, and find their voice. They also give parents the opportunity to learn more about their child, as every move they make in their Squagpad is recorded daily in their scrapbook. On Squag, parents get to witness their child’s budding sense of self and take a look into their thoughts, interests, and dreams.
Squag is a beautiful, private space for children and families living with autism and other learning differences. The TRUSTe certified platform gives kids a break from therapy and allows for social, creative, and recreational communication. It is a more meaningful alternative to video games and the everyday noise of the Internet. Intuitive, ad-free, and distraction-free, Squagpads let children focus on building a sense of self and creating original thoughts. With a soothing original soundtrack and adjustable lighting, their Squagpad contains only their favorite things, as well as positive messaging from their parents. Kids can view photos, watch videos, write in their journal, self-reflect, and gain confidence in a safe and curated environment.
Squag is a family business run by parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles of kids with autism. A certified B Corporation since January 2012, Squag is committed to creating recreational, social, and creative opportunity for autistic children and their families.