Tiffany Yu is a founder of Diversability, a social good company working to rebrand disability through the power of community. The goal is to foster community online and off to connect, showcase, and empower people of all abilities doing amazing things.

Let us consider for a moment, is disability the thing we think about every single day? The answer will be different and it depends on personal abilities and area of every single reader. Anyway, disability is something that substantially affects a person’s life activities. Well, if the person, whose life activities are NEVER affected by anything does really exist? I don’t think so. Society s now on its way of understanding that everyone is able to do different things and that the world “disabled” makes a little sense. Any inequality is exclusion. Exclusion is disabling, not the disability itself, – says Tiffany Yu, a founder of Diversability.

Today we are happy to see numerous project aimed to support people with different abilities, such as online activist platforms and art and theater projects. However, most of these organizations or teams are non-profit. Despite they are doing a great job inspiring people and creating a public talk, sometimes that’s not enough. Diversability is a brilliant example of how to start a for-profit organization from scratch and make it work.

What Do They Do?

Diversability is a social good company working to rebrand disability through the power of community. The goal is to foster community online and off to connect, showcase, and empower people of all abilities doing amazing things. We want to get more people talking and thinking about disability as a core part of the diversity conversation. We unite the disability community, engage allies, and celebrate disability pride and empowerment.

A team of volunteers creates spaces where everyone is included and everyone can feel like they belong. They host meaningful events; create a connected community; share curated content with each other–events, articles, projects; offer the community an inside look at the Diversability movement.

Disability As A Part Of Identity

We can not help saying, Diversability is not only a great team-work but also a personal achievement of its founder, Tiffany Yu. One could not tell it from the first side, but Tiffany has a Brachial Plexus Palsy on her right arm. Her story happened about twenty years ago when she broke several bones of her arms and legs in a car accident, so she has been in a wheelchair for months. All I wanted to do was to fit in, but I felt so isolated and different because of my disability,” she says. “Anytime anyone would ask me about my arm I would start getting emotional. I wouldn’t let people better understand my story and what happened, – she tells The Guardian.

Today Tiffany almost rehabilitated, but she can not use her right arm. She admits she was ashamed to speak about her personal story on public for a long time, but today we can say Tiffany is a perfect example to prove her organization really changes things. I think growing up disability made me see things differently, but I just take it as a part of my identity, – comments Tiffany in one of the interviews. Tiffany is trying to be a role-model for those who have different physical abilities. Her career is fascinating. Tiffany is a director of business development at Revolt Media and TV, which is a company with a mission of elevating the voice of millennials by bringing music back to TV. She says she has always wanted to stay in the analytical field of work. What’s impressing, is that Tiffany managed to run her own startup with a full-time job.

While significant advancements have been made, many people with disabilities still face obstacles in living active lives and experiencing all the world has to offer. Today recruiters often refer to candidates directly as potential “diversity hires.” The Diversability aims to fix the disparity in effective ways. At work is what I CAN do that matters, – says Tiffany.

What Can YOU Do?

The Diversability now has organizations in Los Angeles, CA; Montgomery, AL; New York, NY; Portland, OR; San Francisco, CA; Washington, DC. The next city could be yours. Here is a story we found on UniqueliMade.

I did some research and fell in love with the concept and meaning behind the organization […] Diversability is a movement to raise disability awareness and reshape conceptions of ability. I loved this and wanted to find out more so I contacted her at Diversability and asked if there was an organization in my area, if not how can I start one?  She said no, and said that they are looking to expand.  She began to tell me what all I needed to do to start and  Diversability-AL came alive, and I became the team lead.

Events And Upcoming

Diversability constantly supports public talks, film festivals, and summits as well as holding the events on its own. They help people with different abilities to launch their own photo-series, attend film festivals and expositions, where they can meet each other, share art, find a job.

On 5th of May, The New York Metro Abilities Expo will be held in partnership with the Diversability project in New Jersey Convention & Expo Center. People with disabilities, their families, seniors, veterans and healthcare professionals will have a chance to discover ability-enhancing products and services, play a few adaptive sports, learn new dance moves, attend informative workshops and only scratch the surface of what Abilities Expo has to offer.

 

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