MyAutismTeam Reaches 40,000 Parents
Free Social Network for Parents of Children with Autism Provides Much Needed Support and Information Sharing
SAN FRANCISCO – April 2, 2013 – MyHealthTeams today announced that more than 40,000 parents have registered for MyAutismTeam, the social network for parents of children with autism. The free social network, which launched with just 30 parents in June 2011, has experienced rapid word-of-mouth growth as parents of children with autism look to connect with other parents for ideas, tips and support.
Recent research from the Centers for Disease Control revealed that Autism now impacts as many as 1 in 50 children in the United States. Where do parents turn for support and answers to the many questions they have ranging from insurance issues and bullying to therapies and how to handle behavioral challenges?
“If your child is diagnosed with autism, it should be easy to find the best people around to help you,” explains Eric Peacock, co-founder of MyAutismTeam. “Parents on MyAutismTeam connect with other parents who have been in their shoes, learn from them and get support, so that they don’t have to reinvent the wheel. It’s an amazingly caring and constructive community.”
Often, parents of children with autism find themselves feeling alone, confused and overwhelmed. MyAutismTeam offers several key features to address this:
- Find People: Parents can search for other parents by city, age and gender of child, and sub-diagnosis on the autism spectrum to help deepen connections with those who have shared experiences
- Activity Page: The core of the site where parents share updates, photos, ideas and daily ups and downs with each other – support is provided for the tough moments and successes are cheered
- Provider Directory: This searchable database provides parents with a database of more than 35,000 Autism-friendly resources; submitted by parents
- The Team: Parents share the team of providers who help them ranging from doctors and specialists to everyday services like a hairdresser/barber, babysitter, friendly restaurants, music teachers, etc. Parents also add other MyAutismTeam parents who they find supportive to their team.
- Q&A: With a 97% response rate, this database of more than 2,000 questions grows daily, parents can search or ask a new question on any topic for which they are seeking guidance.
“You have no idea how alone I felt before MyAutismTeam,” Christine Pasour, a parent in Dallas, NC. “I wish I had it years ago. Just knowing there is someone else out there going through the same experiences is huge.”
To start your team today, visit: MyAutismTeam.com
MyAutismTeam is a social network for parents in North America who have a child or on the Autism spectrum. MyAutismTeam, makes it easy for parents of children of autism to find and connect with each other, share tips and support, ask and answer questions, and even find first-hand referrals of great providers and specialists. MyAutismTeam, the official social network and family resources guide for Autism Speaks, was founded in June 2011 as the first health social network created by MyHealthTeams.
MyHealthTeams believes that if you are diagnosed with a chronic health condition, it should be easy to find the best people around to help you. It builds deeply engaging social networks for people facing chronic health conditions in the US. In addition to MyHealthTeams’ flagship site, MyAutismTeam, the company launched MyBCTeam in September 2012 to support women diagnosed with breast cancer. It is currently introducing MyMSTeam, a social network for individuals diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. To learn more visit them online at MyHealthTeams.com.