Mission: Ability Today is about bringing a community together and providing them with the tools to live better connected lives. A community that is often left behind or hard to reach, and who in many cases doesn’t know about the help and support that is available to them.
Today, there is still a lack of awareness amongst the disabled community about the services, organisations and support network available to enable them to live a more active and connected life. At Ability Today, we’re on a mission to change this..
We’ve created a knowledge hub, a place where the disabled community can find out about new products, services and organisations that aim to offer tools and teach skills to help them live better, more empowered and fulfilled lives.
We envision the funding to help us achieve our ultimate goal: Become the first Disabled News Reporting TV channel in Great Britain.
Help us connect the unconnected, supporting us in our journey to be more inclusive, and fuel a new generation to continue pushing the boundaries.
So at the beginning of 2019 it felt like the right time to rebrand with a more positive name and message. So today … we focus on Ability!
Over the last year, we’ve grown our network to over 30,000 connections, which wouldn’t have been possible without the help of our 15 wonderful dedicated volunteers – a group of ingenious individuals who have come with a wide range of abilities; all with a desire to inspire, motivate and raise the self-belief of a community often left behind.
In return we’ve nurtured their strengths and helped them develop a wide range of skills in web development, social media, filming, editing and movie production. With their newly acquired skills, we send our volunteers out as roving reporters on assignments to cover new adventures and experiences. They create great new content for the website and inspire the wider community to go out and explore the world around them.
We offer opportunities for our volunteers to trial activities they previously believed to be impossible for them….water-skiing, skydiving, gliding, flying, and many more…. Creating new role models for the younger generation to aspire to.
This has been a fantastic chapter in our journey… giving our disabled volunteers new skills and aspirations for what the future will bring. Opening up undiscovered and untapped potential to raise belief and confidence. Shortening the road map back to paid employment.
With newly found pathways to employment and independent living, four of our volunteers have already successfully secured a job or set up small businesses themselves. Steph, our first roving reporter has recently moved in with her boyfriend and is living independently - an achievement she believed would be impossible not long ago.
Since our initial crowdfunding campaign in 2017 we have achieved a great deal and experienced tremendous growth. We now have an Advisory Board in place with expertise across several industries, helping push our development forward on our journey to connect disabled lives with what the world has to offer them.
Some of our Achievements so far…
Our founder Grant has been networking with business leaders, politicians, and influencers. We’ve had great support from Michael Gove MP, Sarah Newton MP (the then Disability Minister), the Varkey Foundation, Santander and the Lord Mayor of Surrey Heath, local councillors and charities.
Grant has spoken at several key events regarding inclusion and diversity; He was invited to Windsor Castle to attend the ICCC Windsor Consultation, the BBC for the Access All Areas Awareness Day, and many local business meetings and conferences, spreading our message.
We are proud to have recently won the 2019 Lotus award for innovation and in 2018 we received a grant from UnLtd for social entrepreneurship, giving Ability Today a broader platform in the disability forum.
We are excited to have launched our own Ambassador program, with Olivia Gallagher (Young Sports Personality of the Year 2018) becoming our first official ambassador and patron.
It’s been a really busy year so far, but we need your help to continue supporting the disabled community. In particular, we need your support to:
1. Accelerate our volunteer program, helping individuals realise their potential
2. Launch the academy for disabled journalists
3. Provide our team with the tools and skills to go out and report on the disabled world
All of this will be stepping stones to help us achieve our ultimate goal to become the first Disabled News Reporting TV channel Great Britain has ever had!
So we need funds to provide:
• Opportunities - Increasing opportunities for our team of volunteers to experience and report on a wide range of activities
• Equipment - The purchase of accessible workstations, for a disabled person to access computers and studio equipment needed to produce the video and editorial content. Providing the tech to learn new skills
• Support - A support network of workers to assist our disabled volunteers on their activities
Help us connect the unconnected, supporting us in our journey to be more inclusive, and empower a new generation to continue pushing the boundaries.
Keep making the impossible… Possible!!
Please donate today!!
The Values We Stand By:
Anything is possible
Knowledge is power
Inclusion: we are on a journey together
Accessibility for all
Challenging and pushing the boundaries
Connectivity makes us stronger
A passion for changing the disabled landscape
If you would like any more information about the project or our founder Grant Logan you can email him directly at email@example.com