Miriam Reyes Oliva, 2017 Princess of Girona Foundation Social Award

The award winner was chosen for her personal career, which has focused on solidarity and social impact by seeking equal opportunities and solutions in the complex area of autism.

Miriam Reyes Oliva (Cadiz, 1986) studied architecture at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Sevilla and holds a Master’s in communication from the Universidad Europea de Madrid. After working as an intern at the prestigious studio of Herzog & de Meuron in Basel (Switzerland), she returned to Spain to complete her degree final project, a school of music and dance in Burkina Faso. This project was built a year later in cooperation with a local association and involved developing specially adapted construction techniques. It was during this period that Miriam set up ‘Aprendices Visuales’, a small NGO with a big mission: to ensure that children with autism have the tools they need to develop their potential to the maximum. Aprendices Visuales works in three main areas: research, developing visual material and raising social awareness. This NGO has received recognition in various forms, such as the Nestlé Prize for Solidarity, the UNICEF Emprende award and the Ashoka ChangeMaker X Change award.

The use of technology has enabled her interactive applications to be used by more than a million children all over the world. Her latest initiative is the Escuelas Visuales programme, which helps education centres to introduce visual teaching tools. 

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