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Awake Labs builds apps to measure stress and strong emotions so adults with I/DD can spend less time worrying and more time enjoying life.

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Our Technology

We develop technology that helps people with intellectual disabilities manage stress so they can spend less time worrying and more time enjoying life. 

Our software platform uses a smartwatch and a mobile device. The smartwatch is worn by the person experiencing stress. The mobile app displays real-time stress levels and can be used by self-advocates or their caregivers (e.g. family member, respite worker, personal support worker).

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What We Do

Stress, anxiety, and strong emotions can often present as barriers to inclusion and an enjoyable life for adults with intellectual disabilities. These barriers can be challenging to understand and see. This is where Awake Labs is making a difference.

Our technology helps:

  1. Improve quality of life for our partners
  2. Reduce the number of stress-related incidents
  3. Reduce and eliminate the use of intrusive measures
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Our Partners

Since 2015, we have worked with partners including Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, the Ontario Brain Institute, and Community Living agencies throughout Ontario.


Our Team

Awake Labs is a company based in Toronto, Ontario. We are a group of entrepreneurs, engineers and designers who came together because of our shared desire to help improve quality of life for people with intellectual disabilities.

Andrea Palmer

Chief Executive

Paul Fijal

Chief Product

Arturo MP

Natural Language
& Data Scientist

Thyago Dorea


Michelle Nguyen


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