About

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

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Problem

Many people with differences have full and satisfying lives.  Others, however, feel isolated, restricted and thwarted in their attempts to achieve their life's goals, often because they have little support. They may not know where to find resources, what their options are, or how to access role models.

Solution

The purpose of “Different and Able” is to provide resources, support and possible role models.  We advocate for a more inclusive world with bridges of access and full participation for all people. We do this through sharing stories of others’ experiences, providing information about available resources and fostering feelings of connection to help empower everyone to reach their fullest potential. We know that one of the keys to achievement is to find out how to get to the goal.

What D&A Offers

Stories and resources added bimonthly that focus on two or three types of differences: physical/cognitive and behavioral/psychological differences. Stories are articles written by those with differences, describing their assets and difficulties as well as their successes and failures.  We encourage the authors to describe the environmental, social, personal or legal resources they tapped into to move ahead.  Resources are articles and books written by those with the differences as well as by prominent professionals.   Resources also cover information on federal and state legislation as well as agencies that are available to help circumvent obstacles to success.

Team

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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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Erin Spampinato
Erin Spampinato
Content Editor
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