The SYNGAP1 Foundation Partners with Unite Us to Address Unmet Needs of SYNGAP1 Families and Improve Quality of Life
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- The SYNGAP1 Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of families affected by SYNGAP1-related Disorders and a member of The Child Neurology Foundation (CNF), partnered with Unite Us, the nation's leading software company enabling cross-sector collaboration to improve people's health and wellbeing, to fill a gap reported by families in the Child Neurology Foundation's network. This partnership is a coordinated effort to build the ease of connection between patients and family support organizations. Through the partnership, The SYNGAP1 Foundation and Unite Us aim to address the unmet social needs of people and families nationwide.
CNF partnered with Unite Us in March of 2022 to connect families in the CNF network to vital resources and has now sponsored the SYNGAP1 Foundation to connect more families to community-based resources.
"We've heard directly from families in our network that they help sort through and connect with the resources that might be available to them," said CNF Executive Director and CEO Amy Brin. "After learning how Unite Us has been providing increased access to health and community-based organizations across the country, we knew we wanted to partner in creating this new resource for our network."
The prevalence of SYNGAP1-related disorders stands at 2% - 4% among every 10,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities worldwide, signifying a united effort to guide the way ahead. Every individual carries the torch of intellectual disability or developmental delay. Symptoms span a spectrum, encompassing 90% experiencing intellectual disability, 85% or more grappling with developmental epileptic encephalopathy (DEE), and a significant 60% or more navigating the realm of autism spectrum disorder. The gene mutation underlying SYNGAP1-related disorders profoundly affects brain development, shaping lives in unique ways.
Across the country, Unite Us will connect families that receive support from the SYNGAP1 Foundation to additional resources, such as assistance with peer support programs, early intervention programs, special education services, respite care programs, clinical experts, parental training programs, access to local social services, special needs financial planning and an extensive network of advocacy organizations with unique programs supporting special needs families. Partners in the network are connected through Unite Us' shared technology platform, which enables them to send and receive secure electronic referrals, address people's social needs, and improve health across communities.
"Our mission is to empower families facing the challenges of SYNGAP1-related disorders. In partnership with the Child Neurology Founation and Unite Us, we're bridging the gap between health and social care, ensuring our community's needs are met," explains SYNGAP1 Foundation's President and Founder, Monica Dudley-Weldon, MScL.
CNF, the SYNGAP1 Foundation, and Unite Us will securely connect people in need with community-based resources that can be difficult to navigate otherwise. Unite Us provides a central point of contact where health and social service providers can securely access and refer people to needed services while monitoring progress and measuring outcomes.
"Unite Us is excited to support the innovative work through CNF and its member organizations as they coordinate services for their constituents and track outcomes together. This collaborative effort is a perfect example of how the Unite Us network can be leveraged nationwide to support the health and well-being of communities," said Adrienne Sherk, AVP of National Partnerships at Unite Us.
Nonprofits, community-based organizations, and other providers who want to connect their clients and patients to SYNGAP1 Foundation's services within Unite Us' network can reach out to uniteus.com/contact/.
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