The social network for parents of children of all ages with autism keeps momentum going
SAN FRANCISCO – November 20, 2013 – MyAutismTeam, the social network for parents of children of all ages with autism, today announced a new milestone of 50,000 registered parents.
MyAutismTeam attributes the rapid growth of the social network to pent up demand and word-of-mouth amongst parents of individuals with autism, unique product features based on parent feedback, and partnerships with leading autism organizations.
For parents of children (from infants to adults) with autism, MyAutismTeam is the social network for parents to meet other parents who understand the daily ups and downs that come with parenting an individual with autism. Through shared tips, ideas, referrals, and general support, the parents of MyAutismTeam make real and lasting connections with other parents.
Since MyAutismTeam launched in 2011, parents have made more than 500,000 connections on the site. From discussions on effective therapies and finding the dentist or barber who “get it,” to tips on everything from insurance coverage to implementing a successful bedtime routine, the parents of MyAutismTeam share openly and honestly about their daily issues, concerns and triumphs.
“It’s been amazing to see MyAutismTeam grow from 35 parents two years ago, to 50,000 parents today because it means that more and more parents are finding the support they need,” says Eric Peacock, co-founder and CEO of MyAutismTeam. “However, with estimates that 1 in 50 children will be diagnosed with autism in the United States, we know that are many more parents out there that need to connect with parents on MyAutismTeam. Our goal is to continue getting the word out to all parents who have children on the spectrum, and our partner organizations will play a critical role in that.”
Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism and science advocacy organization, a partner of MyAutismTeam since the community launched, recognizes the value of the connections made by parents on MyAutismTeam.
“Parents of individuals with autism are amazing people helping their children live fulfilling and rewarding lives,” said Lisa Goring, vice president of Family Services at Autism Speaks. “MyAutismTeam provides an invaluable community in which parents can support and learn from each other. Our partnership with MyAutismTeam is just one of the many ways we continue to bring the best possible resources to families impacted by autism.”
MyAutismTeam is a social network for parents in North America who have an individual on the autism spectrum. MyAutismTeam, makes it easy for parents of individuals with autism to find and connect with each other, share tips and support, ask and answer questions, and find first-hand referrals of great providers and specialists. MyAutismTeam was founded in June 2011 as the first health social network created by MyHealthTeams. For more information on the MyHealthTeams communities, visit www.myhealthteams.com
About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed nearly $200 million to research and developing innovative resources for families. Each year, Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 40 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.