What We Know

1 in 5 Americans has a disability.1 That makes 56 million people, the largest minority group in the country. Most of us have had our lives touched by disability - whether it’s you or someone you know who has one - and any of us could. Yet, statistically, someone with a disability is much more likely to be undereducated, out of work, or in poor health than someone without one.2

There are great people out there working hard to close these gaps. But the process of finding them is so often inefficient, outdated, or confusing that many people are left feeling isolated and disempowered.

We're here to do something about that.

Our mission

AbilityList is a place for you to share your resources and discover new ones. Our goal is to connect the 56 million Americans with disabilities (and those who support you!) with resources that work for you, in your hometown and across the country.

How we work

We are Community that Shares

Say you know of a great disability resource, or maybe your company has an awesome program or service for people with disabilities. You log into AbilityList. In four simple steps you share your resource with the entire AbilityList network. Now people all across the country can find your resource in a single search - and you can find theirs.

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Our team

Theresa Previ, Co-founder & COO

As an entrepreneur and creative and product director, Theresa understands building and sustaining innovative tech products. She keeps us running for the millions of Americans who need our network of support. One of them is her nephew, Matt, who can now turn to AbilityList for anything he’s looking for.

Andrew Zitek, Co-founder & CTO

Andrew is our lead developer, and a master when it comes to product and strategy. As a tech nonprofit, we’re incredibly proud of his free API and open code base. Andrew also works as an independent contractor specializing in Rails, Javascript, and more.

Robert Gil, Growth & Outreach

Robert is our man on the ground. He works one-on-one with members of the disability community and disability service providers to make sure our network is truly meeting your needs. As someone who has a disability himself, his knowledge and experience make him an invaluable member of our team (and yours).

Ben Kim, Marketing & Ops

After a successful year in the NYC start-up scene, Ben left the private sector looking for ways to do more for his community - and we’re so glad he did. Now he keeps all our logistics, communications, and social media running smoothly. Ben’s hard work makes life easier for Americans with disabilities, including his grandmother

Our board of experts

Steve Way

Steve is a substitute teacher by day and a stand up comedian by night. Born with Muscular Dystrophy, he’s been a lifelong advocate for disability awareness. Steve’s been speaking publicly and motivationally on disability since age ten, most notably with the Muscular Dystrophy Association. You can see him doing stand-up in the NYC metro area, and as the star (and co-creator) of the web series Uplifting Dystrophy.

Larry Darrah

Larry is our Sr. Technical Program Manager for website accessibility. His expertise and passion for accessible design go back to 2000, when he first began working with NASA to build and redesign applications that are universally accessible. He’s worked on accessibility in the public and private sectors ever since - designing applications and consulting on training, best practices, and core processes.

Andrew Horn, Co-founder & Chairman

AbilityList all started in 2012, while Andrew Horn was working on adaptive athletics for DC youth. At the time, there was no good way to reach out to people looking for a program like his, so Andrew created a “community listserv” he and other organizations could use to stay connected on opportunities for people with disabilities. The project’s success served as inspiration for an entire platform where users could easily share all of the disability resources in their hometowns. AbilityList was born.

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Sharing is caring. Whether it’s a great new service, a housing opportunity, or a job opening, the information you share on AbilityList could change someone’s life.

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Become an AbilityList Ambassador

Ambassadors are crucial to AbilityList. They monitor what’s submitted so that only relevant listings go live, and harmful or offensive content is never posted. They source new resources for the network and help us keep the site up to date. Interested? Get in touch with [email protected] to find out more.

Give

There’s a reason they call it not-for-profit. Whether it’s one dollar or one hundred, any gift you make to AbilityList helps us make life a little simpler for people with disabilities. Did we mention we’re a federally certified 501 c3?

Accessibility Statement

We are committed to ensuring that AbilityList.org is accessible to all visitors.

How Is AbilityList.org Tested for Accessibility?

As part of the development process and ongoing website maintenance, the AbilityList.org team tests the site using several different assistive technologies, including screen readers, screen magnifiers, speech recognition software and text-only browsers. Our team also uses tools, such as the W3C HTML Validator, WAVE by WebAIM and the Color Contrast Analyzer, to ensure the best experience possible for all visitors.

Are you experiencing an issue related to website accessibility?

Send an email describing your experience to [email protected]. We’ll look into it as soon as we can.

References
1 Brault, Mathew W. "20 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act." PsycEXTRA Dataset (2010): 4. United States Census Bureau. Web. 29 May 2015.
2 Chan, Margaret, and Robert Zoellick. Preface. World Report on Disability. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization, 2011. Xi. The World Bank, 01 Jan. 2011. Web. 27 May 2015.