Cell Phone App Attempts to Help the Disabled

Families living with a disability face a unique set of challenges every single day.

Teresa Abernathy’s granddaughter, Haven, has autism and she’s also 60% deaf, but Abernathy said the 5-year-old still knows how to light up a room.

“She really is everything a grandparent or parent could want.”

Haven started therapy for her disabilities when she was very young, but getting the help she needed wasn’t always easy and Abernathy said it took a toll on the family.

“It’s very difficult and very frustrating as a parent because you want to give them the best you can.”

That’s where Special Needs United comes in.

“Special Needs United is an all-inclusive app for families that have anybody who’s on the spectrum or anybody with any kind of special need out there,” said founder Patrick Fields.

Fields and his co-founder, Byron Anderson, bonded while working with the organization Surfers for Autism.

“The kids are wonderful, the families are wonderful but it can be hard,” said Anderson “We just want to make it a little easier for them.”

The app, once full developed, will work as an aggregator, pulling in data about everything from local therapists to social events and putting them in an easy-to-use interface.

Their hope is to one day have enough information in there to streamline the way families search for help.

For more information on the app, click here.

To help fund their effort, click here.

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