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An app for those with cognitive needs — inspired by sibling love

Nadia Hamilton is the 29-year-old president and founder of Magnusmode — the company behind a groundbreaking life skills app. The inspiration? Her brother Troy, who has autism.
Magnus Cards is an ingenious venture to help those with cognitive needs find their own way in the world. 13:53

Nadia Hamilton, 29, is the president and founder of Magnusmode — the company behind a groundbreaking app designed to help those with cognitive needs find their own way in the world. 

The inspiration? Her brother Troy, who has autism. Troy is a master at computer games, which inspired Hamilton to create a game that could break down everyday tasks into a series manageable and playful steps. Troy, like many people with cognitive special needs, has difficulty remembering the sequence of steps in daily activities like taking transit or making food. With this app, those tasks can now be tackled independently.

The world is not equipped to help and support [my brother], and that is the problem. That is the problem that inspired me, that moved me, to create that support.- Nadia Hamilton

Hamilton is one of a new generation of passionate change-makers profiled in CBC's new series We Are Canada. Watch the series Sundays at 7 p.m. on CBC and online.

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