TheAUTSPOT.com was created by Dele Popoola and Greg Koltsov, graduates of the University of California Santa Barbara. Dele’s 18-year old cousin, Matthew, who was diagnosed with autism at an early age, inspired the two young men to create the online community following their graduation from college in 2007.
Dele and Greg worked in close collaboration with parents and specialists to create a free online community that would link family members and specialists nationwide who dealt with children diagnosed with autism.
Like many others, Dele and Greg are alarmed at the increasing number of children being diagnosed with autism each year. Through TheAUTSPOT social network, they intend to raise the level of awareness about the disorder. They are hopeful that the site will be the bridge that links more experienced individuals with parents of newly-diagnosed children. Through TheAUTSPOT.com, Dele and Greg envision autism being vigorously addressed with collaborative strength.