“Resources in the Community, Friends Connect Foundation” Facebook Group Disclaimer Statement and Terms of Use

Welcome to the Resources in the Community, Friends Connect Foundation Facebook Group. The purpose of this group is to provide a safe online space where neuro-typical individuals, special needs individuals and their families and caregivers can connect with and support one another. Friends Connect Foundation advertising and third party advertising may be relayed by Friends Connect Foundation (NP) ONLY, not members. Friends Connect Foundation (NP) may not support or validate any information in the advertisement or comments made in the discussion of the advertisement within the forum.

This group is set up as a Facebook “closed” and “visible” group, which means anyone can find the group and see who runs it but only members can see who’s in it and what they post. Non-members cannot join without permission and cannot see what group members post.

Before a request to join is approved, you will be sent a few questions which help us ensure that we are creating a supportive environment that best meets the needs of our community.

Friends Connect Foundation (NP) is not responsible for any of the information which is posted in the Resources in the Community, Friends Connect Foundation Facebook group. We have a minimum age requirement of 18 years for joining our Facebook group.

For additional information or questions, please e-mail info@friendsconnectfoundation.org

Please adhere to the following terms of use when participating in conversation on this page. If you do not wish to abide by these terms, please exit the site and remove yourself from the group list:

Emergency Services: Although this site is periodically monitored Friends Connect Foundation, it is not monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and emergency support is not available through this site. If you are experiencing an emergency, life threatening situation, feeling suicidal or homicidal, or are aware of any kind of abuse, immediately call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Medical Advice: Specific medical advice can only be provided by a physician. If you have specific questions concerning your health or medical status, please consult your personal physician. Be aware that opinions which are expressed are those of the users of the Forum, and do not represent any advice, or opinion of Friends Connect Foundation (NP), or any qualified medical professional. Any recommendation or other information within the group which is followed by you is at your own risk. Friends Connect Foundation (NP) does not take any responsibility for content posted and gives no endorsement of such material.

You acknowledge that treatment or medicine of any kind may be discussed from your own personal experience, but the Resources in the Community, Friends Connect Foundation Facebook group is not the place to recommend or prescribe it to others.

Friends Connect Foundation (NP) may not support or validate any claims or evidence discussed within the forum. Complementary therapies may not necessarily have registered bodies in the United States, and those who practice a therapy where there is a body, may not be registered with it. The treatments and medicines referred to by members outside the United States may not be available in the United States, and those referred to by members within the United States may not be available to other members in the United States.

Privacy and Security: By its very nature, a social media site such as this cannot be considered private or secure. You must take appropriate steps to protect your personal information on the Web and on any social media site.

Personal Health Information: No one may use or disclose any member/patient identifiable information (except their own) of any kind on any social media without the expressed written permission of the member/patient. Even if an individual is not identified by name within the information you wish to use or disclose, if there is a reasonable basis to believe that the person could still be identified from that information, then its use or disclosure could constitute a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Content that includes personal health information that is not your own, cannot be posted to this group. This Facebook group is an online communication forum for Friends Connect Foundation staff, volunteers, participants and families only. Friends Connect Foundation (NP) will maintain its Facebook group in accordance with Facebook’s terms of use and rules.

Proprietary Information: Facebook Group Members may not disclose any confidential or proprietary information of or about Friends Connect Foundation, its affiliates, staff, volunteers, participants, sponsors, vendors, or suppliers, including but not limited to business and financial information, represent that they are communicating the views of Friends Connect Foundation (NP), or do anything that might reasonably create the impression that they are communicating on behalf of or as a representative of Friends Connect Foundation (NP).

Removal of Content: Friends Connect Foundation (NP) reserves the right to remove any posted message at its sole discretion for any reason we feel fit. This reservation of right to delete messages does not mean that Friends Connect Foundation (NP) takes any responsibility for the information contained within the Forum, nor for content in private messages exchanged between members. No failure to remove particular material constitutes an endorsement or acceptance of it by us. Anyone who continues to disregard these guidelines will be blocked from the site.

Non-Solicitation and Third-Party Advertising: Third party advertising may be relayed by Friends Connect Foundation (NP) ONLY, not members. Friends Connect Foundation (NP) may not support or validate any information in the advertisement or comments made in the discussion of the advertisement within the forum. The advertisement is not endorsed by Friends Connect Foundation (NP). Solicitation is forbidden. Those who violate will be removed from the group.

Copyright/Trademark: Only post, upload or transmit content that you have copyrighted or have permission to post from the original source.

Self-Hosted Sites: Facebook group members must not say or suggest that the views and opinions they express related to Friends Connect Foundation (NP) and related to topics represent the official views of Friends Connect Foundation (NP).

Non-Solicitation/Third-Party Advertising/Products and Endorsements: We do not allow members to post content that is considered endorsements of products or services or third-party advertising. Additionally, users should not use this site to solicit contributions.

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