How We Are Different


    How is Ability Online different from other online "chat" environments?


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    Ability Online is not a typical chat/messaging community!

    • Our community is comprised of children and youth who share the challenges associated with disabilities and/or chronic illness and their parents/care givers;
    • Who can participate?
    • Safety and security is paramount. Member identification is verified prior to permitting access to the site, public message areas are monitored, and all volunteers and staff are police-screened;
    • We have zero tolerance for bullying or inappropriate behaviour;
    • Our program supports a therapeutic model for recovery, meaning that program areas are designed to address needs across functional domains and can be used with varying levels of parent/therapist intervention;
    • We provide opportunities for confidence building, skill development, and peer support;
    • We strive to help our members in "off-line" areas of their lives, too, by providing mentors, homework help, and help with the transition to adulthood.
    • We don't have any advertising on our member pages ansd this ensures that our younger members are not distracted or lured off to other sites.