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by Lisa Timms

These days it takes a little more than a village to find a place out in the world that would be enjoyable for your child with autism. So what’s a father from Pennsylvania to do when he’s looking for a safe and fun place to take his son? He creates an app so he can get feedback from everyone!


Find, add, rate, & review places for their autism friendliness. Funded for iPhone & Android and working on iPad & tablet! Learn more on our site!


The statistics on autism are staggering. One in 68 U.S. kids will develop an autism spectrum disorder — and one in 42 boys. It’s the fastest growing developmental disorder in the United States, and as yet, there’s no cure. Until there is, one of the things families of autistic children need most is help navigating the complexities of day-to-day life.

By Dioni L. Wise

Topher Wurts’ eyes are always scanning the landscape. At a new park, while others are relaxing, he’s eyeing the fence line, looking for gaps or open gates. [...] What might be a simple day out for most people—going to the park, out to eat or to a new town on a trip—can be a challenging feat for families with autism...

By Clayton Morris

The Johnny Orr Band helps Autism Village raise awareness of living with autism. His song, “We'll Get By” is a moving testament to that reality.

By Carly Okyle

April is National Autism Awareness Month, which makes it the perfect time to call attention to Autism Village. Based near Philadelphia, the new app is intended to be like Yelp for people on the autism spectrum by crowdsourcing and reviewing businesses and locations based on how autism-friendly they are.

With Vai Sikahema

Topher Wurts, founder of Autism Village talks about his organization and how it was started to help families with children on the autism spectrum manage life.

By Janet Burns

Autism Village makes it a snap for kids with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families to connect with ASD-friendly activities, resources, and each other. Or, in other words, it lets them grow their community into a global village.

PR Newswire

For Autism Awareness month this April, Autism Village and Nashville Country Music Artist Johnny Orr want to challenge the Autism Community to #Tag10forAutism.

by Tony Abraham

Call it Yelp! for the autism community. The app is the brainchild of Topher Wurts, a Chester Springs-based entrepreneur.

By Kimberly Yam

Topher Wurts is developing the "Autism Village" app which will allow people in the autism community to add, rate and review different restaurants, museums, parks, playgrounds and other locations based on "autism friendliness" -- the level of comfort or accommodation a place is able to give a person with autism.

Reuters Alumni Magazine

Former Reuters executive Christopher “Topher” Wurts has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a free app to help families find autism-friendly businesses and organisations such as safe playgrounds, schools and therapists.

By By Jo Worgan

Jo Worgan is a published author, writer and blogger with a degree in English Literature. She is also a freelance columnist for the Lancaster Guardian. Here, she interviews Topher Wurts about Autism Village.

CBC News | Nova Scotia

App would help families looking for places that would be accommodating to someone with autism.

by Olga Khazan

A father hopes to create an app that will help parents find restaurants and parks that are suitable for autistic children.

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