Who Can Participate?

    Boy in wheelchair

    Who can participate in Ability Online’s integrated community? Anyone! It certainly attracts a lot of young people with disabilities and illnesses, but the whole point is to have an integrated community, proving the point that there are no disabilities online.  So welcome aboard everyone! 

    When registering with Ability Online use your real name and a password.  New members complete an online registration form, and then receive a phone call to verify information. The information provided is kept confidential and secure.

    Once your membership is activated, you can jump online and exchange public or private messages on a whole range of topics ranging from medical mysteries to animal stories.  We also offer lively chat facilities, skill development modules, games and activities.  And we’re especially proud of our mentors, who provide patient and caring peer support.

    Importantly, there are also specialized topic threads for parents, caregivers and other professionals looking for help, feedback or just the mutual support and understanding that isn’t always easy to find when you’re out there on your own. In fact, our whole approach is based on a holistic model of support; let us tell you a bit more about that...

     

    Philosophy

    Behind our service is a deep-rooted approach recovery, rehabilitation, and personal growth that looks at 5 functional domains – physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and spiritual. There are activities and functions that suit all levels of ability. 

    Whether children need lots of support while they are in treatment or recovery or they want to enjoy the opportunity to build lasting relationships, we are here for that. The accessibility of the technology and global connectivity made available by Ability Online opens up a world of opportunities. 

    We understand that some members have greater emotional or social needs. Others may be mobility restricted (physically, geographically, or through lack of transportation) and have limited opportunities to meet people or find others they can relate to. That is where Ability Online shines on. We provide a safe, secure, bully-free online community that supports each other. 

    And it’s worth mentioning one more time that we have hosts who monitor all of the public content to make sure it’s friendly and appropriate, and to be a constant source of support for all of our members who could use a friend, or who need help communicating with others.