Mariko is a unique digital assistant that helps you with autism and ADHD to organize, plan and prioritize what is important in life.
About the project
Mariko is a three-year development project founded by the Swedish Heritage Fund. The project started in 2021 and is run by Civic Innovation (NPO/NGO) and Autism & Asperger Association in Stockholm County.
People and technology in a unique combination.
Mariko is developed with the help of the latest research in neuropsychology and personal experience of living with autism and ADHD.
Mariko combines innovative technology and personal support from a mentor via chat, video or phone.
Personal support from a mentor when needed.
Many people with autims and adhd face various challenges and obstacles on a daily basis due to their disability, the ignorance of those around them and inaccessible and difficult environments.
It can take a lot of energy to make the day work and explain why some things can be challenging that for others are obvious and super simple.
With Mariko, we want to change this by offering a range of smart functions and personal support from a mentor. Directly via the web or the app.
How does Mariko work?
Be the first to try Mariko when we launch.
Mariko, the story
I dream of life on the same terms as everyone else. Being able to go with my friends and train, study at the university and get a job at the web agency that I practiced at during high school.
I have a neuropsychiatric disability (NPF) which for me, means I have sensory and executive challenges. These challenges make it very difficult for me to handle noisy environments, and loud sudden sounds, they physically hurt.
I have to fight very hard to be able to organize and plan my day since my working memory is as good as a goldfish. When unplanned changes happen, such as the subway being late or lessons at school being suddenly changed or cancelled, I get very stressed and sometimes I have a meltdown and need several days to recover.
I am faced with various challenges and obstacles on a daily basis due to my disability, the ignorance of those around me and inaccessible environments. It takes a lot of energy to make the day work and already after lunch I am often very tired and full of anxiety.
I often feel ashamed and stressed about depending on others for support and having to explain every day why I sometimes need help with things that to you are obvious and super simple.
I'm tired of feeling anxious whether I should go with my friends for a fika, whether I dare to apply for the further education I dream of or that I forgot something important again.
The personal challenges, the ignorance of those around me, the anxiety and the dependence on others results in that I often refrain from getting involved in different activities. For long periods I have neither met friends, studied nor worked. It is easy for me to isolate myself and then feel very bad mentally. It becomes a negative spiral that is difficult to get out of.