We live in a self-directed world. Today, more than ever before, consumers have greater control and a greater voice over the goods they buy and the services they receive. A five star Yelp review is a huge win for any restaurant. Give a driver a two star rating on a ride share app, and you get an inquiry from the company about what went wrong. You can create your perfect pizza online, and order again with just the click of a button. You can even meet the love of your life online thanks to simple questionnaires and algorithms.
For most people, we live in a world full of choices. For most – but not all. For people with disabilities, senior citizens, and their families, choice and control is something that is taken away all too often. Society’s assumptions about those of us who require assistance all too often deprive seniors and people with disabilities of dignity and autonomy. This is particularly the case when it comes to having making decisions about direct support services.
The MySupport team is a group of long-time disability rights advocates who recognize the challenges our society places on people who receive support from workers in order to live in their own homes and communities. We also understand the challenges facing workers who do important work and deserve a choice of employer. Direct support relationships work best when they are between two people who respect each other and share common values. We believe in a world where both workers and consumers have their needs met on their own terms.
MySupport is a free, simple online platform that aims to make that world a reality.
What is MySupport?
MySupport is an online platform that makes it easy for consumers and workers to find each other, manage their schedules and give and receive support that matches their personalities and lifestyles. The platform offers a wide range of features to ensure people with disabilities, seniors, and families have informed choice regarding their support and receive the best care possible to fit their needs.
Personal profiles for consumers and workers
Personality and values based matching to help workers and consumers connect with each other quickly and intelligently.
Private, safe direct messaging feature so consumers and workers can talk before they meet
Easy to use scheduling software that keeps track of consumer shift needs and worker availability
Text message reminders to make sure that both consumers and workers are ready to make the most of their time together
How Can You Be Involved?
- Sign up for a beta MySupport Account, and encourage others to do the same.
- Write for us. Have stories about receiving direct support or thoughts on how to improve self direction? The MySupport Blog would love to feature them.
- Stay up to date with the latest MySupport developments by liking us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Tumblr.