My cousin owns a learning center in Natick, MA, called Realizing Children’s Strengths (RCS) that provides individualized behavioral and educational services for children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Their tagline is Progress for all children. RCS has been growing exponentially in and around the Boston area, having secured a number of schools as well as working with many parents directly.

I was asked to help create a simple website that the staff at RCS could update themselves. There are a number of Content Management Systems (CMS) on the market, some free (open-source), some charging a nominal fee. I have worked with both kinds, most recently with Drupal and Movable Type. Both are very powerful platforms but also require a level of technical skills unreasonable to expect most interns to possess. I had been reading about Textpattern lately and was impressed with the online support and their compliance to Web-standards (by building sites in Web-standards they are automatically search engine friendly). Moreover, Textpattern takes a minimalist approach, making it easy to install and even easier to train the non-tech user. It was the perfect fit for RCS.