Twelve years ago, we created Diversability as a place that would enable disabled people to find greater equity and representation in the world. We've learned that the value of Diversability is in our community. It is our collective wisdom, learned and lived experience, and combined brilliance and magic that create a better future. To better curate the experience for disability leadership, we created the Diversability Leadership Collective for you to call home. It is a space to create, fail, share, thrive, and grow.
The Diversability Leadership Collective is a members-only community that fosters meaningful connections and offers resources and opportunities to help accelerate you and accelerate disability leadership and influence.
On July 26, 2021, the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), we opened our doors to you so that we can build the ideal space with you, our longtime Diversability community members and supporters, who were the motivation to create this. We hope that this space will become your springboard to join us in elevating disability pride.
Your membership directly supports our team of 100% disabled individuals who do the work behind the scenes to organize events, create content, and manage our community. We also pay our speakers, event hosts, contributors, etc. because we know that free emotional labor doesn’t work.
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Thought leadership: Early access to curated speaking, PR, press, podcasts, and more
Share your expertise/peer-led learning: Option to lead your own group event and get paid for it
Hone your skills: Exclusive moderated Q&As and live workshops such as social media advocacy, getting started on TikTok, becoming a TEDx speaker, and more
Conversations that matter: Complimentary access to our signature event Diversability Unplugged (a $15-18 value) every month, which has featured speakers like Haben Girma, Carly Findlay, Wesley Hamilton (as seen on Queer Eye), Lolo Spencer, and more
Perks: Partnerships and special deals on products and events
Uplevel together: Curated resources from your peers & leaders
Open more doors: Community mixers to get to know each other better
Meaningful connections: Peer support, new friends, and access to other members just like you
"The biggest thing I've loved seeing in the Collective is all of the opportunities to have a voice that are shared with everyone. Being someone that is very new to having a voice and still shaping what that exactly means it is nice to have a community for people with the same level of drive.... At the end of the day, if you are looking to make a difference in the community this is not something to skip out on."
- Alex Pappas, Host of Chronic Living podcast
"Because of the Diversability Community, I actually was able to turn my advocacy into a paying content creation career—all of the income I make now is thanks to connections I made there, and it’s looking like I’ll be making more in a year now than I did as a television director. The Diversability community as a whole has given me so much."
- Marie Dagenais-Lewis, Chronically Spooky disabled artist
“The DLC has helped me jump-start my side hustle as a disability advocate... all thanks to the DLC and their staff who have extended internal and external opportunities to DLC membership.... Disability has many voices, many experiences, many cultures. DLC membership has helped me amplify my own voice.”
- Nico Meyering, Disabled advocate and AmeriCorps alumnus
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I want to see more of us become thought leaders, creators, TEDx speakers, corporate leaders, and more. And I want this to be the space that will help you get there.
Founded in 2009, Diversability is a social enterprise to elevate disability pride through disability community, visibility, and engaged allyship. We’ve curated over 100 events, grown our Facebook community to more than 4,200 members, and expanded our digital network to over 40,000.
Disability is any condition of the body and/or mind that may impact an aspect of your daily life. This includes chronic illnesses and mental health conditions. We know that identifying as disabled is an evolving journey and want to give you the space to identify however is most comfortable to you.
No. While our conversations and our work are disability-centered, anyone is welcome to join, regardless of disability status. Our programming has always been open to non-disabled allies, as research has shown that one of the best ways to tackle disability bias is through real-life, continuous experiences that interrupt stereotypes.
Our Facebook community of more than 4.3k members will continue to be a free, loosely moderated space for peer support and community. The Diversability Leadership Collective is a more curated offering that will allow you access to a like-minded community, more opportunities to connect through weekly events and platform, and complimentary access to our programming.
Yes! In fact, most of the Diversability team and many of our members are introverts. There is no pressure to show up in a specific way and you do not have to be on camera in order to benefit from the community.
From DLC member Nico: "I am also an introvert who had to find and craft his voice. These folks don't mind if you have your camera off for the Zoom events, or if you'd prefer to interact through text posts."
From DLC member Marie: "I'm a total introvert and I think I socialize so much better in the DLC than in person."
Our community is global! Recordings of all of our content will be available on-demand whenever you want to access it.
Membership to the Diversability community is currently less than $20/month* (get two months free on an annual plan) to get access to our curated community and events. You can also try us out for a week FREE with no strings attached. Cancel anytime.
The cost of your Diversability Leadership Collective membership directly supports our team of 100% disabled individuals who do the work behind the scenes to organize events, create content, and manage our community. We also pay our speakers, event hosts, contributors, etc. because we know that free labor doesn't work.
Given that the Diversability Leadership Collective is about accelerating disability influencer and leadership, you can ask your employer to sponsor your membership to support your professional development and educational growth. Here's a template letter that you can use.
If you are looking for a free community, our Facebook community of 4.3k members will continue to be a free, loosely moderated space for peer support and community. If you are experiencing financial hardship due to disability, medical expenses, etc., and feel like you can actively contribute to the community, apply for a sliding scale membership here. We offer all applicants a free two-week trial to experience the magic of our community.
*Note that the price of the DLC will be increasing to $35/month (get 2 months free on an annual plan) in 2022.
Yes! You can sponsor an annual membership for $200 through the payment methods listed under "Invest in our work" at https://linktr.ee/diversability. Your sponsorship will be applied as a scholarship for those who are interested in joining the DLC but cannot due to financial hardship.
If you want to donate a membership to a specific person, let us know the name and email of the person you are gifting a membership to at [email protected].
Yes! Please complete our partnerships interest form and someone from our team will be in touch.
The Mighty Networks iOS app works well with VoiceOver. Android devices typically have a built-in TTS engine that reads the text that it can find on the screen. They do not currently have web screen readers, and we will be including subtitles or transcript downloads for videos. We will also add image descriptions with photos for any content you publish. Note that we have been in touch with the Mighty Networks team on accessibility, and accessibility via auto transcription and image descriptors as well as built-in screen readers are on their radar. We are also following Mighty Network’s product roadmap for updates.