Hello, my name is Ryan Markmann and I've been a special education teacher for 13 years. For the last three years I've worked as a transition teacher helping students with intellectual and developmental disabilites find their way to life outside of high school by helping them find success in employment, education, and independent living. I've seen the lack of services and funding that are available to individuals once they've transtioned from a child with a disability to an adult with a disability.
The nonprofit disABILITYsa serves to educate, advance, and engage individuals with disabilities by sharing information, creating opportunities, and strengthening organizations that serve them.
disABILITYsa helps to fill this gap between childhood to adulthood by connecting people with all types of disabilities and their families to information about local resources, programs and opportunities that promote independence and inclusion where they live, work and play.
Jordan Allen, pictured above, is one of those students that I worked with as a high school student who has moved on to the challenges of life after high school. disABILITYsa has helped Jordan find her place in the community and provided her tools to be more independent.
The young adults I work with like Jordan are an inspiration and are constantly facing their fears head on to be more independent and successful. And now Jordan is supporting me!
As a board member, I have made the pledge to raise 5,000 dollars for Giving Tuesday on December 1st by facing a fear I have had for a lifetime-snakes. I will gladly, well, maybe not so gladly, wear a large, live, snake around my neck as an incentive for others to donate to this great organization and help the lives of adults with disabilities!