Welcome to the Diversability® Leadership Collective

To date, our members have secured over $26,000 of paid opportunities.

Meet the Diversability® Leadership Collective

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. We hope that this space will become your springboard to join us in elevating disability pride.

Will you invest in your growth?

To date (June 2022), our members have secured over $26,000 of paid opportunities and been featured in press, podcasts, and more.

Make a small investment today for a big future.

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.

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.


What Our Members are Saying

"I joined DLC because I experienced extreme accessibility barriers for the first time in the workplace. This challenge propelled me to seek others like me in the Deaf community and the disability advocacy space to learn what has been done and can be done to normalize access everywhere for everyone. Joining the DLC has connected me to a diverse community of accessibility advocates that I can learn with and from. I’m grateful to be able to hear every member’s lived experience, support their causes, and contribute my own story and expertise to a collective purpose."
- Nicki Tsang, Lead Product Manager, Technical

"My world opened up after joining the DLC. The support and opportunities for growth have propelled me to speak up. It has been overwhelming after so many years of feeling alone. But the support is real. The DLC changes lives. It has changed mine. The DLC focus on community makes lasting change possible. The DLC is a restorative space. (Other spaces like disability rights committees only focus on the problems.) Love the disability joy the DLC embodies. That joy is by design."
- Neil Hughes, Paralympic snowboarder and reforestation activist

“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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Visibility

  1. Thought leadership: Early access to curated speaking, PR, press, podcasts, and more

  2. Share your expertise/peer-led learning: Option to lead your own group event and get paid for it

  3. Visibility opportunities: Get featured to Diversability®'s network of 60k+ followers

Access

  1. Hone your skills: Exclusive moderated Q&As and live workshops such as social media advocacy, getting started on TikTok, becoming a paid speaker, and more -- 60+ sessions recorded in our learning library

  2. Conversations that matter: Complimentary access to our signature event Diversability® Unplugged (a $15 value) every month, which has featured speakers like Haben Girma, Carly Findlay, Wesley Hamilton (as seen on Queer Eye), Lolo Spencer, and more

  3. Perks: Partnerships and special deals on products and events

Community

  1. Uplevel together: Curated resources from your peers & leaders

  2. Open more doors: Community mixers to get to know each other better

  3. Meaningful connections: Peer support, new friends, and access to other members just like you

Join now and cancel anytime.

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.


A Message From Our Founder

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Video transcript. Thumbnail description: Tiffany is a Taiwanese American woman leaning against a wall with her arms crossed. She is wearing a wrist splint on her right arm.

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.

A win for one of us is a win for all of us.


About Diversability®

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 5,000 members, and expanded our digital network to over 60,000.

We cannot wait to elevate disability pride, together.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is disability?

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.

Do I have to have a disability to join?

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.

I'm part of the Facebook community. How is this different?

Our Facebook community of more than 5k 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.

Is the DLC worth the investment if I am an introvert?

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."

What if I am not based in the United States?

Our community is global! Recordings of all of our content will be available on-demand whenever you want to access it.

How much does it cost?

Membership to the Diversability® Leadership Collective is currently less than $50/month (get FOUR months free on an annual plan) to get access to our curated community and events. Cancel anytime. Thanks to the Frazier Fund, a mutual aid effort led by Nico Meyering, you can try us out for a month FREE with no strings attached. Visit our Facebook community for more information.

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.

To date (June 2022), our members have secured over $26,000 of paid opportunities and been featured in press, podcasts, and more.

If you are looking for a free community, our Facebook community of more than 5k 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.

Can my employer sponsor my membership?

Yes! Many of our members have been able to get their employer to sponsor their membership. 

Given our focus on learning & development, 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.

Can I gift/sponsor a membership for a disabled person to join this community?

Yes! You can sponsor an annual membership by emailing us at [email protected]. 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 gift 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].

Can I provide a special perk/discount code to members of the Diversability® Leadership Collective?

Yes! Please complete our partnerships interest form and someone from our team will be in touch.

Is Mighty Networks accessible?

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.

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