About Thomas Kaufmann
Thomas Kaufmann is an autistic disability advocate, entrepreneur, music enthusiast, and inventor. In 2012, he founded OTOjOY, a local assistive technology provider, whose products have been honored with a CES Innovation Award and an Edison Award. In 2022, Thomas joined Arizona State University’s PhD program in Auditory and Language Neuroscience. His research focuses on human performance optimization via sensory augmentations. Thomas is also a member of the technical committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) that defines and maintains international performance standards for hearing loop systems and equipment and a member of the Self-Advocate Advisory Board of the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC).