As co-founders of Disability Community Hub we, Krystan and Nick, have set an ambitious goal of rolling and crutching 300 miles jointly over five weeks for our first ever Move-A-Thon to reduce isolation for people with disabilities. We were born with Cerebral Palsy, a condition that effects coordination and muscle movement. As people who have significant disabilities, we have found that the stigma, isolation, and marginalization that we face on a social, economic, and political level is by far more dibilatating than our actual disabilities themselves. This experience led us to founding Disability Community Hub with the mission to end the isolation that people with disabilities face globally.
No matter where in the world we live, people with disabilities face extreme social, political, and economic isolation despite anti-discrimination laws. We are overlooked by politicians, overlooked by employers, shut out of educational opertunities, and exluded from participating in society at large. Furthermore, many people with significant disabilities are relegated to living in institutions such as nursing facilities and group homes where they have little interaction with others and few rights and protections from abuse. One of the most horrific ramifications of the isolation that people with disabilies face is that we are three times as likely to experience violent victimization, including sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault than non-disabled people.
With the COVID-19 crisis, people with disabilities are even more isolated due to a myriad of reasons. Compounding the isolation, we are now rightly fearful for our lives. There have been accounts of doctor’s withholding treatment due to to erroneous assumptions about the quality of life for someone with a disability. In addition, we have people with disabilities living in nursing homes where up to 72% of the deaths world wide have occurred. Now more than ever, people with disabilities need a safe place to build relationships and come together as a community.
Our mission at Disability Community Hub is to reduce social, political, and economic isolation for people with disabilities throughout the world. We are a disability run nonprofit organization and are fiscally sponsored by Angels for Angels. Our two core programs are community gatherings and peer mentorship. We need you and your support to launch and sustainour programs for the next year! Only $36,500 is needed to keep their programs running for an entire year! Donations will go towards program and administrative expenses for an entire year as well as for nominal compensation for the work staff put in for operating their digital community gatherings and peer mentoring programs.
Thank you for your support!
Disability Community Hub is a registered nonprofit organization in Washington State. We receive our 501c3 status through our fiscal sponsor, Angels for Angels.
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