New website Autism Link helps families, carers and parents who have children with Autism to access a range of information and resources to help them make informed choices about their support. Better Caring is proud to be a supporter of the new app, and this week spoke to Founder Rebecca Keysers about the upcoming launch.
What motivated you to create the Autism Link app?
I have a son with autism and our journey together was challenging at times – meeting new therapists on a weekly basis and trying to develop a relationship with them was a long tedious task. I wasn't keen on forcing my son to see someone if he didn't want to, but I knew we needed to start early intervention and be consistent with it if we wanted results. I didn't want to fix my son, because he is not broken, I simply wanted to guide him with some of his struggles to enable him empowerment and happiness. As long as he was happy, I was happy.
During this time I realized it wasn't easy accessing services and support that suited our needs, so I decided I had to change this. Parents know their children the best, so it was important to allow all families living with autism to make an informed decision about the support they require. So Autism Link started to come alive.
When will the app be available on the Apple Store or Google Play?
Autism Link app will be available for free download in 3-4 weeks' time (October 2016). It will also be available on desktop.
What do you think of platforms like Better Caring for children and young adults with autism?
The Better Caring platform has the potential to help out many families living with autism, as it will enable families to choose a support worker that's right for them, and assist with everyday activities that can be a struggle at times. Holidays, respite, before and after school care, shopping, outings and so much more. A great opportunity for families get that extra support.
What would you look for in a support worker for your child?
I will definitely be accessing Better Caring for my son, purely because it allows the one on one support so many require, I would need a support worker who is gentle, nurturing, has an understanding of autism, can encourage my child to learn and try new things, and who has a great sense of humour. Laughing is very important for everyone.
Where can I find more information about Autism Link?
For more information you can go to Autism Link's website or you can follow Autism Link on Facebook!
If you would like to find a support worker for your child search local support workers here.