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We bring together people with special needs and supporting organizations

An online community App for people with special needs, now available for everyone – everywhere

»We are Friends«, the new social App with focus on creating new friendships, learning, communication, fun and activities for people with special needs. No matter how good you are in reading or writing, if you can express yourself verbally or not, or if you need help to be in the App or do it on your own – this App is for you.

Now everyone can use their voice
In the App we speak to each other with video, audio, pictures, small pieces of text and even with pre-set sentences and emojis. No matter how good you are in reading or writing, if you can express yourself verbally or not -this App is for you.

We connect you with your online special community
We help you build and scale your community. Teach, help, support and host activities for people with special needs in our online community App.

»We are Friends«

We are providing this App for people with learning-, intellectual- and developmental disabilities, people with special needs and for supporting organizations, so they can benefit from each other and gain a higher impact on the help and service they can provide and are very well needed all over the world.

The »We are Friends« App is designed to help people with special needs grow social skills, be less lonely and provide life learning lessons by developing their social skills and their online communication through our partner program learning possibilities.

The hard facts

of being a person with learning disability

HATE CRIME

3 in 4 people living with autism and learning disabilities have experienced hate crime

BULLYING

8 out of 10 of young people with learning difficulties reported experiencing bullying

LONELINESS

People with a learning disabilities are 7 times more likely, to be lonely

NO FRIENDS

Every 8th person with learning disabilities don't have one single friend

»We are Friends« is built for 2 reasons: connections and belongingness

Signe Naessing · Founder and CEO

We bring together people with special needs and supporting organizations,
so all of us collectively can build an online special community where we all:

Meet and connect in great friendships

Learn and get knowledge from each other

Support each other though activities

More than just a community:

Joining the »We are Friends« App means that you:

  • Meet new friends and create relationships
  • Becoming a part of a growing community
  • Getting a voice, even if you are non-verbal
  • Get knowledge and education from a wide range of partners
  • Develop social skills with the »We are Friends« and partner courses in the App
  • Learn in a pace and form, that suits you
  • Enjoy entertainment and fun activities

In the App we speak to each other with video, audio, pictures, small pieces of text and even with pre-set sentences and emojis.

No matter how good you are in reading or writing, if you can express yourself verbally or not – this community is for you.

Friends and partner groups are found through common interest. That gives us something to talk about, right from the beginning and makes it so much easier connect to each other.

Meet Paul – he is one of our members

Paul selects his interest when signing up in the »We Are Friends« App.
The selections of interest will be the “friend and group finder” for Paul.

In the App Paul meets friends who shares his interests, and he joins partner groups who provides information, knowledge, activity, and events, that fits his interest and motivation.

Now he can get education, life learning lessons and be a part of different groups that teach him about baking, fishing, horseback riding or a group that has a Christmas activity in December.

Starting a conversation with your shared interest of fishing, knitting, favorite music or something as small as a favorite tv show, gives you a good start and something to talk about and it takes away the pressure when meeting new friends online.

Common interest is core:

We have build the »We are Friends« App centered around interest, because it is much more than just something you have or do. It’s something you can use as an active asset and it grows and evolves with you the more you do it, the more you learn, and train and it grows even bigger and stronger when you do it with someone who shares that interest.

We believe that joining a community/a group that shares your interest (small or big) is the best way to learn, develop, participate, enjoy, and engage. Having a mutual foundation helps ensure a successful experience from the beginning.

Closed System

Users cannot share links in the App

Selfie Approval

Friend request with selfie approval

Referral link

User approves user with referral link

Reporting tools

Easy blocking and reporting tools

AI blocking

AI blocks insulting and bullying words. Blocks financial information

Guardians

Get help with Guardians and Super Users

Safety matters

We give our members the possibility to add a “Guardian” to their account. That can be a parent, a good friend or a Social Worker that know the member well. A Guardian can help when something is unclear and can view and report conversations if needed.

Safety in our Community is the upmost important to us – we want to keep the community protected, secure and a nice place to be.

Another safety feature for our members is the selfie approve. To become friends, our members have to send a selfie, that must be approve before the two members is connected. This keeps the community safe.

Do your organization support people with special needs?

In the App you can do a wide range of online presence by video, audio, text and pictures so you provide information that can have a great benefit for the users, and you can reach a much higher audience.

Together we make a difference and together we can change lives.

Organizations we welcome in the App

Do you or your organization works with…

  • Events
  • Clubs and/or cafés
  • Media
  • Activities
  • Short or long courses in various forms
  • Life learning teaching (economics, community, sex & love life, health etc.)
  • Social support
  • Festivals/music
  • Exercise and movement
  • Cooking/baking
  • Creativity
  • Nature/gardening
  • Feel good/mental care
  • Household chores
  • Care and support
  • Engagement in the local community
  • Sports events
  • Creates friendships
  • Specially organized travel
  • Summer/winter camps
  • Holidays/Daytrips
  • School teaching
  • Outdoor activities

…or something completely different that support People with special need.

We have room for you! Small and large organizations with members. It’s doesn’t matter, if it’s a few or a large number.
If you provide material that can enrich our user’s life, we welcome you into our partner universe.

As an active Partner in our community, you will:

  • Be able to help, support, teach, educate, do activities with a much higher level of impact
  • Get in touch with your users directly though messaging, posts and different online events
  • Get to know your users better and therefor provide services that suits them even better
  • Collaborate with other partners
  • Attract a bigger audience online
  • Combine offline and online activities

Horse therapy

Online you could teach:

  • How to groom a horse
  • How to approach a horse
  • How to give a horse a treat
  • Why a helmet is required
  • What clothes to wear
  • Horse anatomy
  • How to prepare for the first time riding a horse
  • Exercise that is good for the body, when starting with riding lessons.

Online you could tell:

  • The story of each horse. Their name, favorite food and their special traits, etc.
  • Why and how to do horse riding and therapy
  • Who are your normal customers?
  • All the practical things like: parking, price, toilet facilities, with or without helper

Online you could show:

  • A ride filmed from the rider’s perspective (camera on the helmet) so the spectator gets the experience from the right angle and in the right pace
  • Where does it all take place? How does it look?
  • Who you are and your staff?
  • What to expect first time
  • How to be a volunteer

In the »We are Friends« partner universe you can have your own community of people with developmental, learning and intellectual disabilities who all have the interest of horses and the need of your knowledge and your service.

All the Partner features and resources

Features:

All communication in the »We are Friends« App is tailor-made to our user. This mean that we communicate with video, audio, graphics, pictures and very small text bites.

Plan, post and schedule your:

  • Daily post
  • Events
  • Activity content
  • and courses
  • Plan your content in advance in your planner so you can work ahead and stay on top with your content all the time.
  • Reply to user comments on your post. Do that with tools like, likes and emojis.
  • Talk directly to your users 1:1 in your message center.
  • Show who you are in your bio section with video and logo.
  • Personal QR-Code to invite your users to be a part of your community in the App.
  • Readymade marketing material, ready to use.
  • Statistics so you can see what kind of content performs best.

We will provide you with resources

We want you to have success and we are here to help you achieve that.

Monthly success issues
We will teach you step-by-step how to create engagement, record videos and audio, use storytelling as a content explanatory element and much more.

Upcoming holidays and events
We keep you on track with the events and upcoming holidays, to give you ideas on how to build action around them.

Learning and coaching
Every month we host various learning and coaching events, all for your benefit.

Support and resource center
You can always find answers in our resource center, and of course you have access to online support.

You can even take part in:

  • Panel talks
  • Office hours with a member from the »We are Friends« team
  • “Coffee and content” sessions where we help you plan your monthly content
  • Live coaching and so much more.

Together we can build the best App for all of us

We bring together people with special needs and supporting organizations so all of us collectively can build a united community with easy access to activities, fun and learning, where everyone has a voice, and no one feels lonely.

Where you as a partner can reach your members in a way that helps them develop and master the activities, learning, entertainment and events your organization provide.

You now can be a part of our “Founding Partner” group. It’s a small group of organizations that we enroll in the App so we can ensure that we can take good care of you, learn from you and help you to a great start with »We are Friends«.

As a big “thank you” we will create a workshop with all  founding partners and also hear the story of how the idea came together from Signe – our founder.

We bring together people with special needs and supporting organizations.

Now everyone can use their voice
In the App we speak to each other with video, audio, pictures, small pieces of text and even with pre-set sentences and emojis. No matter how good you are in reading or writing, if you can express yourself verbally or not -this App is for you.

We connect you with your online special community
We help you build and scale your community. Teach, help, support and host activities for people with special needs in our online community App.