I had a real estate customer who was an entrepreneur from Brazil with 2 young sons and one was on the spectrum. They never lived in the US, didn’t speak English, had no idea how to go about restarting, and I had to get them a house, schools, and all kinds of services one 9 yr old non-spectrum son and one 6 yr old on the spectrum whose verbal was only in Portugues.
a ton of names and resources and realized someone else would need this. The family was super grateful and I put all of what I discovered into a document.
Sure enough a few months later I was helping another family from Rhode Island, another from Oklahoma, and another in Miami. The document was getting big and was no longer easy to find anything anymore.
I realized that if I didn’t coral all of this information into a single easy place for parents to use it would be useless to everyone.
was that no one ever knew what resources there were, if they were any good or bad for a particular need or situation. No one knew where anything was, and how are you going to find something in a 5 year list of Facebook posts (and who knows to even look there).
to get their child into the best developmental environment as soon as possible, but where the hell do you find the best places?! What do things cost?!
Everyone is constantly struggling to determine what the choices are, where are the choices, and how much does it all cost – because parents will move if they can move. We know many can’t.
It's like Yelp for the Autism community on a mobile website that shows you where things are based on a map. Just use 2 fingers to move the map location to anywhere in the US where you can search and filter by schools, grants, scholarships, therapy, entertainment, learning, art, music, doctors, sports, camps etc. The resources can be located anywhere in the US but we are focused on Miami, Broward, and Palm Beach
It’s all upbeat, fun, helpful, and gets you in touch with your options immediately, and we have support in each one of the thousands of offices we have across the US
AND YET there are more and more families coming into this experience - it's become common and OTHER parents also need help.
Thats our busines model. Its also our personal recipe. Anyone can structure an effort in which only some benefit. It's much harder to develop an effort where multiple parties engage and prosper.
and actually we need the help of ANY parent - especially those with kids whose school requires community service hours in order to graduate. (our webapp has been approved for community service credits in a number of districts (you can seek approval from your own district wherever you may be) We are looking for non-monetary resources to enrich the information we have and work with moms and dads to provide better assistance.
Each family has their own unique combination of issues which means that for this app to be useful it requires a large amount of participation (sharing, integrating and exchanging)
Moms, dads, sisters, cousins, friends, retirees, employed, middle-schoolers, high-schoolers, college, graduate, doctorate, neighbors, co-workers
We are looking for local leaders: people to influence parents to input detail and rate resources related to their experiences. Without a robust set of information, the app cannot help families enough.
While we are already in 30 cities we want to strengthen the South Florida group and make a really big impact on parents and families in the Autism community here.
If you know of anyone buy or selling a property ANYWHERE, and I mean ANYWHERE, we will take $1000 from closing and write a check to ANY Autism non-profit that you direct us to reimburse, and you don't even have to have a member of your family in the Autism community.