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What is Making Authentic Friendships?
Making Authentic Friendships LLC is a corporation that will create a mobile application to enable individuals with special needs, ages 13+, make friends. It matches people based upon their geographic location, diagnosis, age and interests. I believe that the odds are high of there being people in neighboring towns that have a similar diagnosis and need friends but would not necessarily have the means of connecting with or meeting one another, otherwise.
Who Am I?
My name is Juliana Fetherman and I am a recent graduate of Sacred Heart University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science and a Business minor. I will immediately continue with my education also at Sacred Heart University, where I will pursue a Masters of Business Administration in Management this Fall. During my tenure at the university, I held various leadership positions including the President of the Are You Autism Aware Club for two (2) years. In that position, I had the opportunity to raise and donate tens of thousands of dollars to various autism and special needs organizations. In doing this, I knew that this is to what I want to dedicate my life.
Why I care and why you should too!
Advocating for those who cannot advocate for themselves is my passion. My brother, who is 19 years old, was diagnosed with autism and ADHD but is high functioning and verbal. Since he is very aware of his differences, he wants nothing more than to be "normal". Not having friends, makes him lonely, depressed and makes him feel “abnormal”. That is why it is no coincidence that the application's initials are MAF, which are also my brothers initials. There are millions of people out there who face the same struggles daily. This breaks my heart, which is why I am going to change it for my loved one and for yours.
Our app is fun and interactive!
Making Authentic Friendships will be very user friendly, for it will work like a game. We want individuals of all abilities to be able to use it comfortably. Users will generate a Sim of themselves that will look like them. It will be displayed on a cartoon style map, where you can virtually see other users. The more friend matches they make, the more coins they earn to use for their Sim. This will create incentives to make friends on the app.
Is it safe?
The safety of our users is our number one priority. There will be several safety precautions throughout the sign up process, to ensure that people are exactly who they say they are. It will also provide "suggested fun spots" to meet with a potential friend match, such as bowling alleys, miniature golf courses and movie theaters, to name a few, to help persuade participants to get out and meet in a safe, public place.
Where will your contribution go?
Your contribution will provide us with seed money to produce a beta of the app. It will also help us fund product testing in the New York / Long Island area. In doing these crucial first steps, we will be able to ensure a great product for our users. Not only is your contribution going to a great cause that's going to help a lot of people, we also have some great rewards to offer. You can earn awesome apparel with our motto "Everyone Deserves Someone" on it, or even better, you can get Instagram management by yours truly! As a social media addict (guilty), I know all the best tips and tricks, not to mention that social media management is much more expensive through an agency, it's a win-win!
If you've made it this far, THANK YOU! :)
For people who already have many struggles in life, “Making Authentic Friendships” should not be one of them, especially when there are other people out there going through the same thing. I want to change this for my brother and the millions of others out there like him. If you know anyone who has special needs, please support this app for them because “Everyone Deserves Someone”.