The old year is closing, the new one is coming. We thought now would be the right time to reflect on 2017 and give you a taste of what is yet to come. As you know, our goal is to become the go-to platform for families in search of solutions adapted to their developmental differences. We’ll continue to pursue this goal.
2017: Developing Community and Awareness
Those of you who’ve followed us from the beginning know Irisada is still young. As the online platform grew, we also wanted to get to know our community better. So just under two years ago, we opened a Facebook page. This year we worked on strengthening our community of followers and pursuing socially responsible goals.
We held several fun giveaways, including Hua Hee card games to help fight against dementia and Senseez Pillows for kids with sensory needs. We also held a fundraiser to give back to the community when we launched T-Jacket (a vest that helps autistic children relax by simulating a hug) on Irisada.
Part of our aim is also to build awareness around a wide range of conditions and explore the kinds of products and anecdotal tips that help families live fuller lives. Over the past six months, we focused on different conditions, striving to share tips from other parents in similar situations. Here’s a quick recap in case you’ve missed some of them:
- Autism Spectrum (Diagnosis, Socialising, Play and Therapy)
- Blind and Low Sight (Diagnosis and Adapting, Designing a Board Game for the Blind)
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Diagnosis, Keeping Devices on Kids, Sports and Activities)
- Diabetes and Everyday Strategies
- Hospital Fears (featuring the inventor and manufacturer of Rabbit Ray)
- Wheelchair Use (Tips for Travelling)
- Home Therapy Puzzles (Part 1 and Part 2)
2018: Same Promise, Exciting Developments
With already more than 300 products available for a range of conditions and abilities, we’ll be continuing to find the best solutions for your families. We’ll expand product ranges and cater to new conditions, including those linked to mobility and the elderly, to give you more choice.
As for our community, we’ll be actively discussing specific points in our specialised Facebook groups. One such group is already running (The Discussion Group for Solutions and Tools for Special Needs), feel free to join, and we welcome suggestions for groups you’d like to see set up.
In terms of blog articles, we’ll be delving deeper into some of the conditions already mentioned, reach out to us if you have specific topic suggestions.
We look forward to the coming year with you. Keep following us on Facebook and Instagram. Get in touch with comments and suggestions. And of course, send us product ideas or reviews. You are the reason Irisada exists, you’re part of our story!
Last but not least: Happy New Year and thanks for following our adventures!