What is MyAutismTeam and How Do I Use It?
MyAutismTeam gives you the easiest way to find the best providers who can help your child thrive. Share with other parents like you, and learn from their experience. We're still in the early stages of MyAutismTeam, and have already pre-populated our searchable database with over 30,000 providers from our growing list of partners like Autism Speaks, Easter Seals and Parents Helping Parents.
In addition to the searchable local business database, we've built a social network to make it easier for parents to connect with each other and exchange insights about providers. More often than not, parents feel alone and excluded from information that can help them help their child. Our philosophy is to make it easy for all parents to easily get to answers they need. The more parents know and share with each other, the easier it is to see if you're missing a specialist that could help your child and see if the providers you have are among the best. Below are key areas of the site:
- Find Providers best suited to meet you child's needs based keyword and zip code/city and state. This is a great place to start building your own team.
- Find Parents most like you based on location, your child's diagnosis and age. You can browse everyone's story and team, which helps provides insight as you share and build your own team.
- Q & A section enables you to search previously asked questions and answers, and gives you the ability to ask your own question that will be answered by other parents on MyAutismTeam.
- Activity page is where parents' daily updates happen. It's where daily triumphs and trials are shared and supported.
Parents use MyAutismTeam to find and share the best autism providers and businesses (from dentists and therapists, to autism-friendly businesses like barbers, babysitters, etc.) that especially cater to autism needs (marked by "Autism-yes")‚ on a hyper-local level.
What exactly is a 'team'? A team on MyAutismTeam is everyone you recommend. Sometimes it can take years of trial and error to build the right team to meet your child's needs. Everyone from that special speech therapist to the friendly barber who 'gets it.' It's the team of people you've brought together to make life on the spectrum better for your child. MyAutismTeam makes it easy to find those best suited to meet your child's needs while providing you a social network of support from other parents like you.
Our goal is to have hundreds of thousands of teams over the next two years. We know we can't do it alone. With the help of parents who use autism specialists or autism-friendly businesses, we can quickly identify and grow the searchable MyAutismTeam database to help many parents new to the autism community sooner rather than later. You're not alone and you shouldn't have to reinvent the wheel.
The core team who launched Insider Pages’ Doctor Finder in May 2010 created MyAutismTeam. When we identified that insurance company websites were not linking actual patient reviews of their doctors, we created the platform to do just that. The response was profound and overwhelming -- people were thrilled to finally be able to find doctors by insurance, but they told us they wanted even more. We realized that there was an underserved community of people who needed an easier way –a more transparent way– to find providers who could help them and their loved ones get the specialty care and support they needed.
We began our research. We discovered that the autism community was the most under-served with regard to the quantity and quality of information about local autism specialists and businesses. So began six months of interviews in 2010 of parents from San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Washington DC, and even parents in the military who move every two years. What we heard were heart-wrenching stories of parents who felt alone in their quest to get help for their children – starting with diagnosis.
Some of the things we heard from parents about their early experiences: "You feel like you’re all alone," "Even my parents didn't get it, they thought he'd grow out of it," "I had to wait months for a diagnosis," "It feels like you're NEVER doing enough, fast enough," and "It felt like I was re-inventing the wheel."
Parents shouldn’t feel isolated from the answers and providers they seek to help their child. We know it sometimes feels like a fight for resources, for the right answers, for the top providers, for the best coverage. This is why our mission is to make it easy for parents to find the most highly recommended autism providers and autism friendly businesses near them. Our belief is that the best source of such information comes from the experience of other parents who have walked in your shoes.
More About MyAutismTeam
Based in San Francisco, MyAutismTeam is one of the many social networks by MyHealthteams for those living with, or caring for, those living with chronic conditions or disorders.