Disability Partnerships 

Working together to improve the quality of life for persons with physical disabilities!

My Story

In May 2011, I became a T8 paraplegic as a result of a natural gas explosion in my home.  I was 37 years old.  I quickly moved from being a member of the able-bodied population to a severely physically disabled woman.  I will always remember the utter fear I felt when I left the hospital after being a patient for almost eleven months.  How would I manage as a disabled woman? How would I do the daily activities of living that I used to take for granted?

After attempting to reintegrate into the community, I quickly realized that in many ways the fear was justified.   There were three major areas that caused me significant emotional pain, constant feelings of helplessness and a sadness that infected my mental health.  Specifically, it was the barriers that I encountered with my health, housing and employment/career options.

As time went on and I began to make friends who were also disabled, I realized I was not unique.  We were all able to tell the same stories.   I began to think if able-bodied people were more aware of these issues I believed they would be willing to help find solutions.  With my public health background and extensive experience in partnership development and management, I understood that the barriers we face with a physical disability are a social problem. It's a social problem that I believe people want to work together and solve.   

I began to research the data.  I knew the time was right to engage multi-sector organizations and corporations in helping to achieve the goals of my organization.   

So, I took my more than fifteen years of management and marketing experience and my professional training in public health to launch Disability Partnerships.   

I view the organization as an opportunity to do good, serve God, create beauty from ashes and demonstrate that together people really can make a difference.

Also, please take a minute and read my blog.  My goal is to update at least 3 times a month.  The purpose of the blog is to maintain an ongoing discussion about opportunities to improve the life of persons with physical disabilities in our program focus areas.