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Our goal is to empower people with physical, learning, speech, emotional, and medical differences.

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Click here for a text transcript of Alexandra's video. 

 

About D&A


Here at Different & Able, we understand difference. Our president and founder, Alexandra Nicklas, board members and staff, constituents of our community, and a plethora of our talented storytellers are living with their own unique difference. With a profound awareness of who makes up our organization, we celebrate every individualized success and provide unwavering support to all individuals, with or without a difference. We strive to educate the community in general and to inform and support those with disabilities. Through our innovative and accessible resources, steadfast advocacy, and the commitment to provide the best solutions for the obstacle filled landscape, that we all call life, Different & Able is here definitively for one reason; and that reason is you.

Team

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anicklas
Alexandra Nicklas
President & Founder
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Sylvia Hemingway
Sylvia Hemingway
Vice President & Secretary
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Kristina Spiropoulos
Kristina Spiropoulos
Executive Director
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Brent Nicklas
Brent Nicklas
Board Member
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Rose Lynn Sherr, Ph.D.
Rose Lynn Sherr, Ph.D.
Board Member
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Valentine Reed-Johnson
Valentine Reed-Johnson, RN
Board Member
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Uri Schneider MA, CCC-SLP
Uri Schneider MA, CCC-SLP
Advisory Board Member
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Dr Spotts
Dr. Jules Spotts
Advisory Board Member
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Sristi Pradhan
Sristi Pradhan
Social Media Manager
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Marissa
Marissa Nasiatka
Content Creator/Editor
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Ashley Hannon
Ashley Hannon
Research Assistant
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Arif Iqbal
Arif Iqbal
Video Editor
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Andrew Shafer
Andrew Shafer
Fundraising Consultant

Testimonials

 

"Beyond thankful that organizations like Different and Able exists, having a place where we can come together to cheer each other on and communicate makes so much difference to our success as people." - Mandy Harvey, Singer/Songwriter

“I want to invite you to a story. Stay tuned for the end where the story comes in for you. Four years ago, I met a client - she was a student in speech language pathology in graduate school and it wasn’t working out too well. So in the end, she had to actually quit speech therapy grad school. We did some work together and in the end, she was looking for what to do with her life. She found out what she really could do was use her connections, use her network, use her passion to create a foundation. Different & Able is doing amazing things” - URI Schneider, MA, CCC-SLP, Schneider Speech

"My eyes just got watery cause I've never in my life have found an online forum where I can talk and meet other people who have hearing loss! I'm looking forward to learning more about other disabilities too and how I can support other people who have them. I'm so happy to have found this group" - Monica

"I know it must be time-consuming running a community but I truly appreciate being able to share my advocacy work"  - Kaitlyn Layden

"Its good to work with you knowing that you are helping a lot of people and this is not so common practice. Kind hearted people tend to suffer more than others as they have more tendency to feel the pain of others. I am glad to be apart of your team" - Arif, video editor for D&A

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