Creating an accessible web starts with educating the public and spreading awareness. accessiBe’s Nonprofit Partnership Program aims to achieve both by collaborating with hundreds of disability-focused organizations that create change through sharing knowledge regarding people with disabilities. Developing these relationships and supporting these organizations allows us to take action and promote an inclusive society for all.
Our team meets, discusses, and learns from these amazing organizations as they make an impact on the communities they serve. These organizations have become partners and allies on our path to making substantial progress and change, and we couldn’t be more proud to be working alongside them. Here are 5 selected partners doing incredible work that deserves to be highlighted as part of our monthly series that introduces them to the world.
Introducing: Development Workshop, Inc.
Mission: Development Workshop is a community rehabilitation program that provides vocational and independent living training, as well as employment assistance, to individuals with disabilities. Achieving economic and social independence for people with disabilities is the driving motivation behind the Development Workshop. The impactful organization relies on its guiding principles to ensure that its efforts and activities deliver equitable and beneficial opportunities for adults and children who are a part of the disability community.
Partnership Takeaways: Through our partnership, we’ve learned more about the impact organizations can make when focusing on tailored services for their community and how they support people in obtaining their chosen level of economic and social independence.
Mission: Inspirations is an educational, non-profit newspaper publication based in Greater Montreal and its surrounding areas. It’s the only English-language publication and resource available that informs and connects parents, caregivers, teachers, students, and the general public to the disability community. With the goal of continuously celebrating inclusive communities, Inspirations spotlights various success stories in its editions, as well as valuable advice brought by experts in diverse fields including psychologists, speech-language pathologists, spiritual animators, autism spectrum disorder consultants, behavior management specialists, occupational and physiotherapists, and more.
Partnership Takeaways: We have learned more about the communities of people with disabilities within the Greater Montreal and surrounding areas. They have been publishing for 14 years and celebrate the successes and challenges of people of all ages with special needs.
Mission: LADSE believes that everyone is entitled to a safe, inclusive learning environment and provides programs and services for diverse learners across 15 member districts in the state of Illinois. As a special education cooperative, LADSE collaborates with its member districts to provide comprehensive and cost-efficient support for students with disabilities. The programs and services offered include (but are in no way limited to) behavioral consultation, speech-language pathology, Autism support, early childhood education, and communication development.
Partnership Takeaways: Through our partnership, we’ve learned more about LADSE’s highly specialized teams. Their model acts as a cooperative, and the first special needs organization in the La Grange Area and works in the Department of Special Education.
Introducing: ROC Wheels, Inc.
Mission: Based in Bozeman, Montana, ROC Wheels operates as a faith-based non-profit organization that gives the gift of mobility to children with disabilities all over the world. ROC Wheels is committed to transforming young lives by providing mobility devices to children with disabilities, and the organization succeeds at these valiant efforts by creating dedicated teams that design, assemble, and deliver wheelchairs and gait trainers to those living in less-resourced areas.
Partnership Takeaways: We’re able to now understand and learn more about their specialized teams that train distributors in other countries to custom-fit each person to meet their needs.
Introducing: Special Olympics Virginia
Mission: Special Olympics Virginia is offering year-round sports training and a range of athletic, Olympic-type sports competitions for both children and adults who live with intellectual disabilities. Rallying for inclusion on more than just the sports front, Special Olympics Virginia supplies its athletes with valuable resources and activities that allow them to reach their physical fitness and nutrition goals such as unified team activities, state games, and esports.
Partnership Takeaways: We have had the chance to learn more about the Special Olympics through our partnership with the Virginia chapter. Through their various programs, they are working towards a world where people with intellectual disabilities lead active lives within their communities.
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!