App to help people with special needs make friends

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A Long Island woman, inspired by her younger brother, has developed an app to help people with special needs make friends.

The app is called Making Authentic Friendships and helps connect people ages 13 and older around the world.

Juliana Fetherman was inspired by her brother, Michael Andrew Fetherman. She launched the app in late August. "We have 30 states, 12 countries, five continents," says Fetherman.

Michael Andrew Fetherman is 21 years old and has autism and ADHD. Juliana Fetherman says he's lonely, so that's why she created the app.

Conversations are monitored for inappropriate content.

Fetherman says right now it’s a web app. She hopes to develop it into an Apple and Android app in the next few months, with added social skills activities and internet safety tips.

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