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SHU Grad Creates App for Autistic to Make Friends

Fairfield, CT - A recent graduate of Sacred Heart University, Juliana Fetherman, 23, has developed an interactive web application called Making Authentic Friendships. The app's acronym, MAF, is also her 21-year-old brother Michael's initials. Michael has autism and ADHD. Because of his challenges, it has been difficult for him to make friends, according to Fetherman. "He has always been very lonely," she says. "I wanted to change this for him and the millions like him."

User friendly and safe, the app is free and accessible on any device through: http://www.makingauthenticfriendships.com/  It enables children (ages 13+) and adults with special needs to make friends. The app currently serves individuals in 30 states, 12 countries and five continents, with user numbers growing daily.

Fetherman hopes exposure through platforms like Fairfield HamletHub will help the user community grow. "Please help me change the world!" she adds. 

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