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We bring people with special needs together with the organizations that support them

A safe and secure social community App specifically designed for people with special needs. Now available for everyone – everywhere.

»We are Friends«, the new social App with a focus on helping people with special needs create new friendships, learn new skills, have fun, enjoy activities, and communicate in whatever manner you can. There is finally a place for you to express yourself – no matter how good you are in reading or writing! You can express yourself verbally or not. Use the app on your own or with help. This App has been designed especially for you!!

Now everyone can use their “voice” in a way that works for them

In the App we “speak” to each other using video, audio, pictures, small pieces of text and even with pre-set sentences and emojis. It doesn’t matter if you are good at reading or writing or if you can express yourself verbally or not -this App is for you.

We remove barriers and make it easy for you to connect with your special community

We help you build and scale your community by helping you access people who could benefit from your services. Teach, help, support and host activities for people with special needs from countries all over the world in our online community App.

»We are Friends«

We have created this App for people with learning, intellectual, and developmental disabilities, people with special needs, as well as for the organizations that support them. Our goal is that everyone can connect, interact, and benefit from each other by using the App. We want you to have friends and support systems all around the world!

The »We are Friends« App is designed to help people with special needs grow social skills, experience less loneliness, learn valuable life skills, and develop their online communication through our organizations online learning programs.

The hard facts

of being a person with a learning disability

HATE CRIME

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

BULLYING

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

LONELINESS

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

NO FRIENDS

Every 8th person with learning disability does not have one single friend

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

Signe Naessing · Founder and CEO

We bring people with special needs together with supporting organizations so collectively we can build a safe online special community where we all:

Meet and foster great friendships

Learn and gain knowledge from each other

Support each other though activities

More than just a community:

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

  • Meet new friends and create new relationships
  • Become part of a growing community
  • Use your voice, even if you are non-verbal
  • Gain knowledge and education from a wide range of organizations
  • Develop social skills with the »We are Friends« and organization courses
  • Learn at a pace and in a 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.

It doesn’t matter how good you are at reading or writing or if you can express yourself verbally or not – this community is for you.

You can find new friends and special interest groups through common interests. By finding friends who have the same interests as you, you already have something to talk about! It makes it so much easier connect with each other.

Meet Paul – he is one of our members

Paul selects his interests when signing up in the »We Are Friends« App. 
These selections are what make the “friend and group finder” find friends and groups for Paul

In the App Paul meets friends who share his interests. He joins groups that provide information, offer activities and events, and cater his unique interests.

Now he can acquire new life skills by being part of several groups that teach him skills such as: baking, fishing, and horseback riding. Some groups may even offer social events such as Christmas activities in December.

Starting a conversation with someone who shares your interests in fishing, knitting, music or tv makes it easier to connect because you already have something to talk about. Shared interests take away the pressure when meeting new friends online.

Common interest is core:

We have built the »We are Friends« App centered around your unique interests because it is the best way to connect with people and organizations quickly. We cut through everything non-essential and connect you to people and groups that love the same things you do! This allows you to get more opportunities to learn, explore, practice, and share – while building stronger friendships.

We believe that joining a community or 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. This can be a parent, a good friend or a Social Worker that knows the member well. A Guardian can help when something is unclear and can view and report conversations if needed.

Safety in our Community is of utmost importance to us.  We want to keep the community safe, protected 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 approved before the two members are connected. This keeps the community safe.

Does your organization support people with special needs?

In the App you can offer a wide range of online touchpoints for your target demographic. You can use video, audio, text and pictures to provide information that can greatly benefit the users. Having presence within the App will make it easier for you to reach a much larger audience.

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

Organizations we welcome in the App

Does you or your organization offer:

  • 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 supports people with special needs? If so, we have room for you!

If you provide content that can enrich our user’s lives, we welcome you into our organizations universe.

How your organization benefits by getting involved:

  • Upgrade and expand your digital footprint
  • Simplify your marketing
  • Improve access and engagement for participants regardless of their limitations
  • Access more users in your geographic region
  • Expand the visibility of your organizations unique offering worldwide
  • Grow organization visibility and attract funding and/or new clients for your paid services
  • Give your members access to your online We Are Friends community and open up their world to make friends and improve their quality of life
  • Ensure member safety with the »We Are Friends« App AI and our strict community screening processes
  • Foster your current member relationships using content posts, direct messaging and hosting online events, classes, and/or activities
  • Interact, collaborate, and cross promote with other like-minded organizations
  • Conduct market research/focus groups with a high number of specific users 

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« Organization Universe you can grow your community of people with developmental, learning and intellectual disabilities. Attract all of those members who all have an interest in horses. Create value and engagement by sharing your knowledge and your services.

All the Organization features and resources

Features:

All communication in the »We are Friends« App is tailor-made to our user. This means that we communicate with audio, videos, 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 stay on top of your content
  • Reply to user comments on your posts. Do that with tools like “likes” and emojis.
  • Talk directly to your users 1:1 in your message center.
  • Show users who you are in your bio. Video and logo can be added as well.
  • Personal QR-Code to invite your offline members to become 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 for success

It’s important to us that you have success in the »We Are Friends« App.  To help you achieve that we provide:

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

Upcoming holidays and events
We will keep you on track by reminding you of events and upcoming holidays and will give you ideas on how to create engagement.

Support and resource center
You can always find answers as you need them in our FAQ resource center. You will also have access to online support.

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

We host 4 regular events each month

Week 1: Live coaching

Week 2: Office hours with a member from the »We are Friends« team

Week 3: Panel talks

Week 4: “Coffee and content” where we help you plan your monthly content

And you will also be invited to special bonus events throughout the year. All made to give you the best help, support and success.

Together we can build the best App for all of us

We bring people with special needs together with the organizations that support them. Our goal is to build a safe, specialized community that makes it easy and fun for users to access activities, new things, and make new friends – where everyone has a voice, and no one feels lonely.

As an organization, you can reach both current and new members easily and in ways that helps them learn and develop new skills, engage with your brand, as well as enjoy the entertainment and events your organization provides.

For organizations joining by October 15, you will get to be a part of our “Founding Organizations” group. This small group of organizations will be the first organizations in the App that can engage with our members. We will work closely with you to ensure content engagement. We will discover together what works with our audience inside the App.

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.

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make the best friendship app in the world
for people with special needs?