Ask Ali

Hello and welcome to the "Ask Ali" section of Different & Able! 

Whether you're navigating life with a disability, are a caregiver, or just someone seeking to understand more, this is your go-to place for answers. Tapping into our founder, Ali's experience as a person with disability, we are here to provide real, reliable advice and insights to help you deal with, cope with or circumvent some of the issues and obstacles people with differences encounter. We have access to a panel of expert professionals for consultation when needed. We'd love for you to share your questions and experiences.

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How Can I Build and Maintain Friendships When Socializing is Challenging Due to My Disability?


Thanks so much for your thoughtful question. Yes, it can feel challenging to make and keep friendships when you have a disability. I try to focus on some basics. 

There are some general principles about making friendships.  People tend to be friends...

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