The first area is providing partial scholarships/awards of recognition to deserving high-school graduates. The school will nominate a student who has overcome a personal hardship, do a preliminary screening process (usually we work with th Scholarship and Counseling Dept.), and pass the remaining candidates on for the Board to select one to five recipients of the Julie Inman Award. In 2002 Supportability was at five high schools and gave fifteen awards. The program intends to grow by one to multiple high schools each year. The non-profit has grown each year - currently we serve 16 high schools and in 2004 awarded over 30 students.
Secondly, SupportAbility produces and distributes a newsletter to the disabled public. It will be named EmpowerAbility. The purpose of this letter is to inform the disabled population by providing them with resources, reporting on legal issues they should be aware of, passing on medical advances and research, encouraging self-advocacy, etc. The newsletter will be written quarterly
The aim of the newsletter is to provide hope and encouragement to newly disabled individuals as well as those who have the need for support and/or resources. Our mission is to promote self-growth while instilling a positive attitude and sense of purpose.
The newsletter, EmpowerAbility, is currently produced, researched, created and disseminated by Julie Inman in her home/work environment. A web site has been established in order to facilitate easy access for the computer literate. Its address is http://groups.msn.com/
supportability. Unlimited potential abounds in this area. Possibilities such as developing a chat room and scheduling specific times for various support groups to meet on-line, having guest speakers talk on-line about their related specialty or providing on-line mentors available to answer questions and give advise. This would give users a feeling of support and belonging.
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