Disability Connection


Disability Connection now has a full time ADA Coordinator on staff

janie-o-keefeJanie O’Keefe, the Executive Director of Disability Connection, has completed the ADA Coordinator Training Certificate Program.  The ACTCP is offered through the University of Missouri, College of Human and Environmental Services, School of Architectural Studies and the Great Plains ADA Center.

Twenty-five years ago, through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), our nation committed itself to eliminating discrimination against people with disabilities.  Disability Connection is proud to play a role in working towards a future in which all the doors are open to equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, integration and economic self-sufficiency for persons with disabilities.

How a Family Car Wash Has Changed the Lives of People With Autism

Like many people with autism, Andrew D’Eri had a hard time finding a job.

Then, his father, a veteran entrepreneur, and older brother, who had recently finished business school, had an idea: What if they opened business employed mostly by people with autism?

“We wanted to build … an example big and bold and out there that other companies could go ahead and want to emulate,” Andrew’s brother Tom D’Eri, 25, told ABC News, adding that they wanted to find a business that would educate the community by putting autistic employees in front of the customers.

They opened the Rising Tide Car Wash in Parkland, Florida, in 2013, and today they employ 35 autistic men and women!

Introducing “We Connect Now”

Check out this awesome organization!

Letter from the creator of “We Connect Now”


we-connect-now-logoI would like to share with you the link to the We Connect Now website. http://weconnectnow.wordpress.com/ The website was created while I was a college student with a grant to create a website to serve college students with disabilities. I developed the website to connect and integrate college students with disabilities as a virtual community with a voice on important issues with particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment. The We Connect Now website has been up and serving college students with disabilities since April of 2008.

I wanted to share the We Connect Now website with you so that you may post it as a resource on your website or otherwise share it with any students that you serve. The website has been used as a resource by institutions of higher learning and has been linked to by colleges and universities and groups serving people with disabilities in all states and at least 10 foreign countries.

I thank you for any and all help that you may give me in promoting this project as a service to all college students with disabilities.

We are also on Facebook.



Gabriela McCall Delgado


2013 Gift Guides

Just in Time For the Holiday Shopping Season

We always appreciate the incredible resources that are offered by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.
This is one of the resources that is particularly useful around this time of year.

Christopher Reeve Foundation Gift Guide

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation holiday gift guide features a “variety of items for the paralysis community in nine categories based on interests, levels of injury, and creativity.” With something for everyone, the sixth annual gift guide features a wide variety of items for the paralysis community. See the list at http://www.ChristopherReeve.org/GiftGuide

ToysRUs Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids

Also, for nearly two decades, ToysRus has published the annual Toys”R”Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids, an extensive but incredibly easy-to-use resource featuring specially selected toys that “encourage play for children with physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities.”
We invite you to check these 2 wonderful resources out and to share them with your community.