Imagine being 25 years-old, unable to drive, without friends, living at home with parents or semi-independently, and underemployed. This is the typical life of a Bridging Hearts' member. Our members have lived lonely and isolated lives; experiencing shame, depression and anxiety over their learning disability.
Bridging Hearts was founded in 2006 by a Twin Cities mother who was seeking a way for her daughter with learning disabilities to safely connect with others. Bridging Hearts is a low cost membership organization that provides social opportunities as well as access to a secure online social network for members only.
There is no organization similar to Bridging Hearts that provides this service to this overlooked population that falls between the cracks. We hope to improve our website, which is the connection, lifeline, and community for our members and reach more young adults who are living a life of isolation and loneliness.
What new functionality we are looking for
Mobile Compatibility - Many of the Bridging Hearts members use their phones or tablets to access the internet, however, the current website doesn't allow them to easily utilize the site and it's functions to connect with others. It's important Bridging Hearts members can access their profiles, chat with friends, and check out the event calendar, all from their phones or tablets.
Website Makeover - The current website is outdated and needs a refresh. A website makeover is needed to add user friendliness, be responsive for viewing on mobile devices, update fonts and pictures, and add a sense of cool.
Search Engine Optimization - We want other people to learn about and become part of the Bridging Hearts community. For young adults with learning disabilities, family members, or professionals in the field seeking a secure online social network that's safe - we're out there! Come find us!
How the new functionality will help
Connect is the first word of the Bridging Hearts mission statement and with an updated website this will, without a doubt, aid in the connection of young adults with learning disabilities. Bridging Hearts members will be able to connect and communicate with others from mobile devices; more people will find out about us; they'll be excited about the updated site; stimulate more traffic; and get a chance to feel a greater sense of belonging within the community.
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"Connect. Belong. Matter." is our mission. Bridging Hearts provides high quality social connections, both online and in person, for an under-served population of young adults with learning disabilities, which include Autism Spectrum Disorder and mild developmental disabilities.
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