Dr Yakkundi’s’ research addresses the reading and comprehension problems that many people with autism and intellectual disability often encounter. This limits their social, communication and employment prospects impacting on the quality of life of the affected individuals and their caregivers. Dr Yakkundi’s “I Can Read” programmes utilises touchscreen and the interactive Headsprout reading program with behaviour analytical support to create a user-friendly and individualised environment to enable learning
To mark World Autism Awareness Day in April 2017, Dr Yakkundi presented her findings to a full house of delegates from autism agencies, disability organisations, students and parents at the Centre for Behaviour Analysis in Queens University Belfast.
Dr Yakkundi’s also participated in the 43rd Annual Convention of Association of Behaviour Analysts, in Denver (May 2017) and subsequently in June 2017, presented at the Autism Ambassadors International Exchange programme which brought together key representatives from autism support organisations across Ireland, UK, and USA hosted by Centre for Behaviour Analysis, Queen's University, Belfast.