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.
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.
"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