EDC Develops App to Help Parents Easily Navigate Kids’ Care
NEC member, has developed a mobile app that will help parents and other
caregivers identify and track services for children with disabilities.
Caregivers often must navigate health and education needs, medications,
appointments, and intervention plans, and this app aims to improve the way this
information is organized and used.
The initial version of this new app, Care(giver) Navigator, will
focus on caregivers of children with development disabilities, and is expected
to be ready by September 2019. The app will include tools that allow parents to
track the dosing and timing of prescription drugs; link to common forms,
policies, and websites; and connect with local caregiver support resources. The
creators of the app believe it is unique in that it brings health, education,
and caregiver well-being together in one place.
EDC health researcher Shai Fuxman commented on the impact of
this app, saying that it will, “equip caregivers with the information, tools,
and resources they need to better advocate for, identify, and track services
for their children. . . It isn’t going to change the health care system or the
education system, but it is intended to help you navigate these systems so that
the journey is as successful and smooth as possible.”
The New England Council congratulates EDC on the development
of this critical app, and for their work to support children with disabilities
and their caregivers.