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About The Founder Of Ability Mission

Updated September 14, 2016

Don Coggan, principal and founder of Ability Mission.
Donald Coggan, Founder of Ability Mission

Donald Coggan founded Ability Mission as a private charitable NGO. Here is the background and rationale for the site. See "How To Induce Spontaneous Cancer Remission" for his personal story.

In 1981, Coggan started providing technical consulting services throughout the US, Canada and internationally to clients in the private and public sectors.

In early 1996, he left his consulting engineering practice cold turkey and began applying his previous experience to the development of Internet businesses throughout the US and Canada.

In the late 1990s, he worked on a lot of sites that needed to be accessible to people with disabilities. This site's predecessor was initially a showcase of those web development skills.

Then something amazing happened!

Increasingly, inquiries came from disabled people themselves. Most were looking for ways out of dire financial straits caused by medical expenses. It took him quite some time, but he finally figured out a way that he could help.

Most of the inquiries he received were poorly written and often hard to understand. As an experienced writer, he thought, "I could rewrite those stories to make them more readable and useful in getting the help they need!"

At about the same time, the web services company we use for this site introduced an interactive feature (like a blog) to make this possible.

Its story-posting program automates everything except the editing, which must be done personally. It's still quite a bit of work. Many people have wondered why we do it. There must be a catch, right?

And What's The Catch?

Well, there is no catch. In fact there's a very logical explanation. It has to do with Abraham Maslow's famous hierarchy of needs, as depicted in the illustration here.

Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

According to Wikipedia...

"Maslow's hierarchy of needs is a theory in psychology, proposed by Abraham Maslow in his 1943 paper A Theory of Human Motivation."
"Maslow's theory suggests that the most basic level of needs must be met before the individual will strongly desire (or focus motivation upon) the secondary or higher level needs."

Fortunately, Coggan's needs were satisfied. This meant he could focus on a higher level need, which in the case of this site is to help others by doing something he knew how to do.

In Coggan's words, "I like to write and I know how to do it, so that's what I do, nothing more, nothing less."

In fact, there's a lot more to it. Applying for help, especially grants, requires a particular approach. Coggan's mammoth expertise in both writing and evaluating proposals is omnipresent on the pages of this site.

And there's definitely a need to help the millions of people with disabilities. See the Being Disabled In America presentation for a quick overview of the situation.

Be sure to visit our Vision and Board pages, too.

Please feel free to contact us with your questions and/or comments about our Founder.