My friend Jon Erickson and his wife Kristin have been working on Parlerai for some time now. As parents of a child with special needs, Kristin and Jon were frustrated by a lack of available tools for parents like us to track and share information and ultimately collaborate with the people making a difference in their daughter’s life. They have built the Parlerai platform which will profoundly and positively impact the lives of the individuals in their family, and the lives of parents around the world.
Parlerai creates a secure network of family, friends and caregivers surrounding a child with special needs.
Parlerai creates a secure network of family, friends and caregivers surrounding a child with special needs and uses innovative and highly personalized tools to enhance collaboration and provide a highly secure method of communicating via the Internet. There are tools for parents, tools for children and tools for caregivers. As the world’s first Augmentative Collaboration service, Parlerai (French for “shall speak) gives children with special needs a voice.
Parlerai is for children with special needs. They use it to communicate and access online media and information in a safe environment.
Parlerai is for parents of children with special needs. They use it to share and communicate information about their children. It gives them a single medium through which they can collaborate with others who are part of their childrens world.
Parlerai is for consultants, educators and caregivers of children with special needs. With Parlerai, they are able to collaborate with others who are part of the childrens world.
In an interview with Dana Puglisi, Kristin describes the value of Parlerai
“For consultants, educators, and other caregivers, imagine trying to make a difference in a child’s life but only seeing that child for half an hour each week. How do you really get to know that child? How can you make the most impact? Now imagine having access to information provided by others who work with that child – her ski instructor, her physical therapist, her grandmother, her babysitter. Current information, consistent information. Imagine how much more you could learn about that child. Imagine how much greater your impact could be.”
Here is what you can do to help
I read some statistics about children with special needs some months ago. Based on those numbers, each and every one of us knows of at least three people whose children have special needs. Parlerai is a system that could profoundly change the lives of these children and their parents and caregivers. Do your part, and spread the word about Parlerai. You can make the difference.