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About Our Likeminded Friends

Updated February 19, 2017

This page is an unusual one, maybe even whimsical to some degree. It describes some organizations, which represent in their specific ways, ideals in vision and accomplishment that are likeminded to those of Ability Mission.

We admire their work and consider them good friends in the disability field. Our recognition of them here is our alternative fun way of letting you know what we are all about!

Ability Mission Likeminded Organizations

Friends Of Disabled Adults And Children

Logo FODAC, Likeminded

Friends Of Disabled Adults And Children (FODAC) is a statewide and national provider of home health care equipment -- mobility aids and daily living devices for people with disabilities and the newly injured.

FODAC’s mission is to provide durable medical equipment (DME) such as wheelchairs and hospital beds at little or no cost to the disabled and their families. FODAC seeks to enhance the quality of life for people of all ages who have any type of illness or physical disability. Since 1986, FODAC has collected and distributed more than 35,000 wheelchairs!

GrantSpace, A Service Of Foundation Center

Logo GrantSpace, Likeminded

GrantSpace, A Service Of Foundation Center provides easy-to-use, self-service tools and resources to help nonprofits worldwide become more viable grant applicants and build strong, sustainable organizations.

At GrantSpace, you can:

  • Connect immediately with one of their librarians.
  • Find classes and events happening at their field offices and online.
  • Listen, hear, and read advice from funders and nonprofit experts.
  • Find answers to your questions in their Knowledge Base.
  • Find your closest Funding Information Network location where you can use Foundation Center resources for free.

PACER Center, Champions For Children With Disabilities

Logo Pacer Center, Likeminded

Founded in 1977, PACER Center was created by parents of children and youth with disabilities to help other parents and families facing similar challenges. PACER is staffed primarily by parents of children with disabilities and works in coalition with 18 disability organizations.

PACER Center enhances the quality of life and expands opportunities for children, youth, and young adults with all disabilities and their families so each person can reach his or her highest potential. PACER operates on the principles of parents helping parents, supporting families, promoting a safe environment for all children, and working in collaboration with others.

Disabled Veterans National Foundation

Logo Disabled Veterans National Foundation, Likeminded

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to provide critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded -- physically or psychologically -- after defending our safety and our freedom.

The DVNF achieves this mission by:

  • Providing an online resource database that allows veterans to navigate the complex process of seeking benefits that they are entitled to as a result of their military service, as well as additional resources they need.
  • Offering direct financial support to veteran organizations that address the unique needs of veterans, and whose missions align with that of DVNF.
  • Providing supplemental assistance to homeless and low-income veterans through the Health & Comfort program and various empowerment resources.
  • Serving as a thought leader on critical policy issues within the veteran community, and educating the public accordingly.

Disabled Sports USA

Logo Disabled Sports USA, Likeminded

The mission of Disabled Sports USA is to provide national leadership and opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports, recreation and educational programs.

Since 1967, Disabled Sports USA has focused on one goal: To improve the lives of wounded warriors, youth and adults with disabilities by providing sports and recreation opportunities. Disabilities include those with visual impairments, amputations, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, head injury, cerebral palsy, other neuromuscular/orthopedic conditions, autism and related intellectual disabilities. These sports opportunities transform the people served, highlighting the potential in each of us, embodied in the motto: "If I can do this, I can do anything!"

Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers

Logo Monkey Helpers, Likeminded

Since 1979, Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers for the Disabled, Inc. has been helping adults with spinal cord injuries and other mobility impairments throughout the U.S. live more independent and engaged lives. Monkey Helpers does this by providing them, free of charge, with a unique service animal: a highly trained service monkey to help with their daily tasks.

These animals bring more than just a willing set of nimble hands to their recipients. They also bring companionship, joy, and the renewed sense of purpose that comes from taking responsibility for the health and well-being of another creature. Monkey Helpers' work encompasses all aspects of this service. They:

  • raise, train and match the monkeys with carefully chosen recipients
  • provide extensive coaching and customized in-home training at the start of each placement
  • oversee each monkey’s lifelong behavioral, nutritional and medical needs
  • provide ongoing active support and mentoring for every partnership
  • place retired monkeys in loving homes where they are well cared for

United Spinal Association

Logo United Spinal Association, Likeminded

United Spinal Association was founded in 1946 by a determined group of paralyzed WWII veterans in New York City who advocated for greater civil rights and independence for themselves and their fellow veterans.

United Spinal is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of all people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D), including veterans, and providing support and information to loved ones, care providers and professionals. United Spinal believes no person should be excluded from opportunity on the basis of their disability. Their goal is to provide people living with SCI/D programs and services that maximize their independence and enable them to remain active in their communities.

Got a likeminded organization to suggest? If so, just send an email to likeminded@ability-mission.org letting us know.

Oh, and be sure to visit our Founder, Board and Vision pages, too.