Based in Barcelona, RareConnect is the online community forum for rare disease patients run by EURORDIS, the European Rare Diseases Organisation. As the Senior Online Communities Manager, Robert Pleticha, helped to grow and administer the platform, regularly travelling across Europe, assisting rare disease patient groups to set up new RareConnect communities, as well as speaking at conferences. (Rob worked for EURORDIS 2010-2017)
EURORDIS leads the flagship annual Rare Disease Day® campaign.
Robert was a SNJ columnist 2013-17.
Join the discussions that are connecting the rarest of rare diseases
I've written on SNJ before about how the online community I help to manage, RareConnect, works to bring together families facing…Continue reading »
The pain of finding acceptance with Apert syndrome, a facial difference
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How Jonah’s parents are connecting families with his rare disease -and how you can too
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Rare Disease Day 2014: the largest awareness campaign ever, what’s next?
I’ve been involved in the recognition and celebration of Rare Disease Day, which is today, for the past five years.…Continue reading »
The parents working to find a cure for deadly Sanfilippo syndrome
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How growing up with disability can lead to a life of compassion
We often wonder at SNJ, as we all must, how our children with chronic illness, rare conditions or additional needs…Continue reading »
Why online help is vital for people living with a rare disease you can only smell
We hear a lot about “invisible illness” and how young people with autism are judged or stared at because of…Continue reading »
Volunteering: The best way to spend your summer
Tania says: We're heading off for Italy this weekend and because both boys have special needs, we've always rented a…Continue reading »