5 Nonprofits Creating Change - January Edition

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January 24, 2023

accessiBe’s Nonprofit Partnership Program collaborates with hundreds of disability-focused organizations to spread awareness and knowledge regarding people with disabilities and their community. For January, we're honored to highlight these 5 organizations that are making a real change:

Introducing: Family Eldercare

Mission: Family Eldercare is working to create a more livable, inclusive Central Texas for people of all ages. They thoughtfully partner with and provide services to older adults and people with disabilities to create stability, dignity, and well-being. The organization keeps its community stably housed, financially secure, healthy, and equitable, as they promote physical, mental, and social well-being for older adults experiencing barriers in life. 

Partnership Takeaways: Our takeaway from Family Eldercare is that it’s important to advocate for older adults and those with disabilities by providing them with wellness services at low or no cost. Eliminating the financial challenges that the community faces regarding this type of support, reduces any access barriers that impede the physical, mental, and social well-being of those who are aging and trying to do so while maintaining independence and socially active lifestyles. 

Visit their site to learn more about Family Eldercare’s amazing work >>

Introducing: AccesSportAmerica

Mission: AccesSportAmerica is a holistic program for people who want to grow in function and health. Sport, training, and community are the tools used for people living with disability to reach beyond themselves, as the organization teaches, adapts, and trains in sports ranging from windsurfing, Hawaiian outrigger canoeing, stand-up paddling, surfing, kayaking, and rowing to cycling, tennis, soccer, and other traditional sports. The goal of these adaptations and inclusive game systems is to help individuals see themselves as compelling and viable athletes. 

Partnership Takeaways: Through our partnership with AcessSportAmerica, we both learned and realized the significance that sports and training have on any individual’s self-confidence and life skillset. We also came to understand that volunteers, who are truly engaging and optimistic, have a profound impact on the physical and emotional progress an athlete makes due to genuine and encouraging interactions. 

Visit their site to learn more about AccesSportAmerica's amazing work >> 

Introducing: Our Grounds

Mission: Our Grounds, a nonprofit coffee shop located in Florida, is on a mission to empower adults with cognitive and intellectual disabilities by providing vocational training, resources,  and employment opportunities in an inclusive and nurturing environment. Trainees at Our Grounds learn skill sets from therapists, restaurateurs, and other professionals in the community.

Partnership Takeaways: Through our partnership with Our Grounds we have learned more about the importance of access to employment for all. Unemployment within the communities of people with intellectual disabilities is twice as high as the general population, and Our Grounds has taught us that training and professional resources can increase opportunities for the communities. 

Visit their site to learn more about Our Grounds’ amazing work >>

Introducing: Cultivate Ability

Mission:  The Cultivate Ability organization is a nonprofit committed to providing educational programming that reimagines workplace cultures as inclusive and creates more welcoming procedures and spaces for people with disabilities. Cultivate Ability offers several programs that include disability awareness training a “Next Steps” initiative that guides employers through the process of taking meaningful strides toward disability inclusion and awareness in the workplace.

Partnership Takeaways: Our collaboration with Cultivate Ability taught us more about the importance of supporting people with disabilities and the impact an inclusive workplace truly has. We’ve now come to understand that inclusive workplaces experience reduced turnover rates and enhanced productivity. Our Spotlight Session with Sari Platt of Cultivate Ability can be viewed here. 

Visit their site to learn more about Cultivate Ability’s amazing work >> 

Introducing: Neighbor Ride 

Mission: Neighbor Ride, a nonprofit organization based in Maryland, believes that all seniors deserve to enjoy the full benefits of being connected to people, services, and activities that add meaning and value to their lives. The organization’s service enhances the health and quality of life for Howard County’s seniors by providing the comfort and peace of mind of affordable, passenger-focused transportation services through a reliable, volunteer-based system. 

Partnership Takeaways: Through our discussions with Neighbor Ride, we’re reminded of the significance that daily activity and transportation have on the quality of life. By bringing together volunteers with senior citizens, though, the organization is doing more than just providing ride services; it offers a chance for social interaction and connection which greatly improves the daily experiences of seniors as mundane activities become livelier with the company. 

Visit their site to learn more about Neighbor Ride’s amazing work>>

While each of our partners' missions and communities is different, they all are working towards a common goal of inclusivity and accessibility. We believe that by working together, we can make the world a more accessible place! 

Join accessiBe’s Nonprofit Partnership Program to join the community and start your accessibility journey with us today!