We were inspired by the millions of kids that have chronic illnesses and face the struggle of missing multiple days of school. As chronic illnesses don't often display major outwards symptoms they're referred to as "invisible illnesses" and widely go ignored. Ignoring chronic illness doesn't lesson the pain of chronic illness, however. They still deal with having to catch up on all the days of school they miss. We wanted to create a website that would assist them in their education.
What it does
Our site allows students with chronic illness to share how they feel and record their level of pain. From there, it asks the user whether they feel healthy enough to attend school. If not, the website directs the student to a page where they can draft an email template and send their teacher an email. They can save this template for future use as well. Following this, they can navigate to the buddy systems page where they can input the emails of three classmates and request assistance from them such as notes, a summary of the classes they missed and homework assignments. Finally, they can click on the find hospital tab to be directed to their nearest hospital.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
All of our code was original except for the Google Maps API, so at times it was difficult to figure out what the next steps were and how to implement them.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We were able to create a fun, safe space for people with chronic illnesses, and we were able to create a functioning website using our different skills.
What we learned
We learned about the relationship between CSS and HTML and how to things like classes and tags to assign different elements different attributes. We also gained the experience of creating something entirely in one day!
What's next for Reach Out
We plan to continue spreading awareness about chronic illnesses and to keep brainstorming new ideas about ways to use code to help people in our communities.