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Saudi Arabia-based software platform developer Ynmo has raised $500,000 in a seed funding round Aramco-owned Wa’ed, the startup announced earlier this week. 

Founded by Fahad Alnemary, Faisal Alnemary, and Abdullah Murad, Ynmo offers software in Arabic and English to assist parents and educators in their effort to teach children with special needs.

Specifically, the company focuses on the needs of the children diagnosed in the autism spectrum disorder and behavioral science. The ultimate objective here is to empower parents to be more actively involved in their children’s education and help them become academically more successful.

Ynmo’s software is available on a subscription basis to educational institutes. It has also been incorporated into the disabilities centers run by the UAE Ministry of Community Development. The company says it is currently busy further expanding the scope and reach of the program by coordinating with local and international publishers.

As for the approximate number of children with disabilities in Saudi Arabia, Ynmo estimates that it is likely to be higher than the global average of 10-14% of all students.

Speaking on the success of the seed round, Abdullah Murad, Co-Founder stated, “With Wa’ed’s support, we are going to greatly expand the number of children with disabilities whom we can help in Saudi Arabia and beyond. It’s a way for us to give back to our community and have a big and sustainable social impact.”