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NAIDW™ - National Association of Injured & Disabled Workers

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Causes: Human Services, Mental Health, Philanthropy

Mission: The National Association of Injured & Disabled Workers is a nationally recognized 501 (c) (3) non-profit educational and humanitarian organization founded on first hand life experiences and dedicated to improving the quality of life of injured & disabled workers and their families by providing unlimited resources, support, guidance and grant-based financial aid to injured & disabled workers and their families suffering from the results of injury, illness, pain or disability! This mission is carried forward by: Advocacy Awareness Education Research Fighting & Eradicating Stigma Our Core Values: To lead with diversity, integrity, reliability, innovation and purpose! "No Worker Left Behind"®

Target demographics: injured workers, disabled workers, chronic pain, disability

Geographic areas served: International

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NAIDW will offer grants to the children of Injured & Disabled workers for the continuation of their college/trade-school educational needs.

Community Stories

52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

8

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NAIDW is a wonderful source of information for disabled workers. As a mental health professional, I know how essential it is for disabled people not to get isolated and lose hope. NAIDW, through it's terrific website and it's volunteers provides hope for all disabled workers. It helps people regain their place in the mainstream by affording them comraderie, humor, information to deal with complex legalistic and governmental problems, and opportunities to help others through volunteerism -- to name but a few of it's many benefits. It's people are warm, engaging, honest, and dedicated to helping disabled workers. I highly recommend it.

Glenn B.2

Volunteer

Rating: 3

Guessing the group shut down. I can’t reach anyone but social media and that’s crap.

2 Lee_37

Client Served

Rating: 5

I became disabled after falling at work and breaking both femurs. NAIDW has provided a community where I can find resources and others who have gone down this path before me and I can learn from other's experience. When I had a specific question, I got a phone call with answers. This is an important organization for injured/disabled workers. It has helped maintain my sanity in an otherwise insane situation. Thank You!!!
Cecilia Slaughter

1 Rose26

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Was injured at work with much lacking of the resources the state of Ohio being utilized for the injured worker. Found this website on a day in my search of help from my work injury, and joined. As a member I have found this to be a great website to associate with other's whom are in some what of the same situation. A way to post, share thoughts, find a mutual understanding, it does not do what the agencies did not do for help, but it does not leave the public at a complete loss from so much lacking of what is supposed to be there for the public.

2 Kristy A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I was injured at work and most people have not gone threw this experience. Your kinda just blindly wondering what do I do? Whats going to happen next? What rights do I have? And many more worries and frustrations. It was very much a comfort to find NAIDW. Reading about things other people were going threw and realizing I'm not alone helped me a lot. I also asked questions and they directed me to where I could find the answers. I can also relate to facebook posts. Sometimes they are funny and lighten my spirits and others just show me that others understand what I'm going threw. I got hurt 3 years ago and now I am finally legally declared fully disabled and recieve my disability checks. Pain management helps me have some kind of life other than in terrible pain in the bed day in and day out. I want to thank NAIDW for bieng a valuable ray of hope, in what seamed at the time, to be a hopeless situation. God Bless your organization!

1 Terri45

Client Served

Rating: 5

NAIDW has been an excellent resource for me with regard to workplace rights, medical information, disability benefits, & overall support.
Reading other disabled workers' posts/stories has given me a lot of hope & encouragement.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Resources are the best part of NAIDW's website. I use it often. If you are in need of assistance as an injured or disabled worker or know someone who does have a need, stop over at NAIDW's website. Finding the resources in one place is more useful than you would believe. You always know where to look for that special need.
Prescriptions for yourself and for your assistance animal or pet can cost high dollars. NAIDW offers discount prescription cards for you and for you assistance animal or pet. I asked for them and they were promptly sent. Now I use these discount cards quite often.
Discount prescriptions is only one benefit of using NAIDW's website. You can find legal resources, social connections, plus a plethora of other helps.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I truly appreciate the resources and uplifting positive nature !

4 Michael202

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

WOW ! Where do I start ? I'm still in awe & a joyful shock that Jon Arbay had a thought a dream a vision and acted on it for all who suffer. Iam very grateful and proud of this family. THANK YOU JON ARBY. You are a friend.

2 Catherine29

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is a wonderful organization that provides essential information to disabled workers.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

IT'S All because of you JON ARBAY that most of us aren't suffering with keeping it all bundled up inside feeling poor me and just letting your feelings and comments out is the very best therapy for anyone!!Thank You and the NAIDW Volunteers and all of these wonderful members joining in with us everyday& night that make it possible to cope with our pain and disabilities!!Gods Blessings to you and Gina for making me feel like a good life can still happen even though weeks before that iI thought I wasn't going to move Forward!!~~ROBBYGAUDET@NAIDW.ORG is a very great Title to have for just talking to oters and helping from the couch!!THESE ARE TRULY LIFE-CHANGING PEOPLE ON THIS SITE!!

2 Patty28

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In October 2012 I was fired from my job of 19 years as Public Notice Coordinator with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. They fired me for being both disabled and a whistle-blower under the guise of ludicrous charges of misconduct. I am fighting to get my job back. I have a case pending before the Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission, Case # 12-2263 PER. On 10/08/2013 I filed a separate ADA discrimination/whistle-blower complaint in Cole County Circuit Court, Case # 13AC-CC00592.

NAIDW has a "FundMe" app which is helping me fund my effort to get my job back.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I go to this comminity to fond resources that can help injured and disabled that I work with. There is a wealth of information there.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I have personally witnessed NAIDW providing both
financial assistance and advisory information
that has made the difference in the lives of those experiencing
difficult times due to work related injuries. I have witnessed
the positive recognition of NAIDW and how hard
it works to achieve its mission and goals. I will continue
to provide donations as I know what devastation
work related injuries and disabilities can
do to a family. This is an organization that is devoted
to provide assistance and is volunteered base.
Kudos to all those involved!

5 Darren F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organizations web site was very useful to me as an injured worker. The information they provided and gave me access to was instrumental in helping me to heal and feel validated about what was going on with me and my Workers Comp Claim. It was nice to know that I was not alone in my struggles fur justice in our health care arena these days. They are an invaluable resource to the community, that is so dearly needed these days. THANKS NAIDW for all you do.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was made aware of the NAIDW from a friend of mine as I was struggling through my cancer treatments. I must say that I was thrilled to find a very supportive community and an awesome website containing a wealth of information.

I was diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer two days after Christmas 2012. I was forced to miss work for 4 months. Within 3 months I blew through all of the sick and vacation days I had earned during my employment. This left me to run the risk of losing my insurance provided by my full time employer. I came within 5 days of losing my insurance before my Doctor released me to return to work.

As a result of my illness, I was unable to work overtime and with me being the bread winner of the family, our finances were running low! in addition to having cash flow issues, there were many tests and medicines that were not covered by my insurance. Having two young daughters and a wife who depended on my income, we were forced to live on a very tight budget.

I am sincerly greatful to the NAIDW for being there to provide the emtional support and financial assistance to help offset my medical bills. Thank you!

3 Susan223

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a young disabled person it is hard to get reliable information. We tend to be isolated without support of others going through the same things. I have always had questions answered promptly. Information on Social Security Review was very helpful and eased a lot of anxiety at the time. I'm very thankful for this site.

3 Margaret36

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This site is Amazing, caring,loving, people. Always there for me when I have a question.
Best information there is on the web.
I referred friends of mine AS well AS they shared it with there friends.
They care more then the system does!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I was injured in 1975 by two forklifts crushing my femur making one leg shorter then the either I also lost rotation in my knee. In 1989 I herniated a disk requirering surgery. I have had numerous Attorneys Judges and Doctors who have failed to properly reconize my medical conditions, to avoid proper treatment. I joined V.O.i.C.E.S. Florida a Non -profit Organization as a representative for the Tallahassee Florida area the president (Beverley Haire)R.I.P. passed the torch which was passed again The organization has not led up to what I feel injured workers need I feel they are about compromise which is stealing someones care. I used one of their attorneys and they used a deposition of a deceased doctor that was never taken on my case the Judge wrote a appreviated order that gave me 10 days to ask for a more detailed order that I didn't receive in time. Luckly that Judge was removed and I had a fair Judge who stopped that order but the Judge I have now isn't a fair Judge I am trying to get mt Nacotic meds that I have been on for years the adjuster has stopped them with little concerns for my health. It has been very challening and I willn't give in

3 Judith11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Every day, NAIDW provides important documents, articles and links for information to the online community of Facebook. Their contribution is very important because they do not promote sensationalism or bogus medicine. They promote open conversations about health issues, conditions, disorders, diseases and syndromes that would normally require someone to join many different groups to get the same effect. I look forward to their posts everyday, and am grateful for the work they do!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5


Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,

My name is Derek Bourassa and over the past six plus years I have been trying to get my work injuries fixed. However the resistance from the insurance company has hindered the efforts of me and my doctor in getting fixed and back to the work force.

As the months turned to years my family would begin to lose everything we have ever worked for, including the recent loss of our home. I cannot begin to tell you all here how sad, angry, frustrated, etc my family and I have become. To the fathers reading this you know how good it feels to be able to provide for your wife and children. You know what it’s like to look into their eyes and not have to see the worried look on their faces about your family’s future. I to once could know this feeling that is until I got hurt. I have searched and pleaded for help all over the internet.

It wasn’t until I found NAIDW on the net that I would receive help. The resources that NAIDW provides to families like mine are very much needed and appreciated. The many groups that the site offers allow us to share and help one another with a variety of situations and concerns. My family and I would like to thank NAIDW, the volunteers as well as the sponsors.

THANK YOU all very much. We wish you and yours the very best, take care.

Kind Regards,

The Bourassa Family

2 Susan88

Client Served

Rating: 5

As someone who suffers with Lupus and other auto-immune diseases, information is often difficult to find due to the very nature of this disease. I often have questions and concerns that not even health care providers can answer. This organization has never failed to answer, find an answer and/or suggest sites that can be used to help me. I only wish I had known of them before I had to retire. Everyone should check out this site. It holds a wealth of information!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NAIDW is an amazing organization created for the injured worker to have a place that offers valuable resourses and comradery. Looking forward to seeing this organization grow in every way.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

NAIDW is a great resource for comprehensive information for all adults with disability and injured workers including veterans. I have not seen any other group or page that has so much usable information for adults with disability and average or high IQ. More People with Ability & Disability need to come to the face book and .org pages for the great support and info. I hope NAIDW can grow and add a voice and advocacy for us as most other orgs are focused on children or those with delay. We , many who could with supports we often don't have , need voice to get that hand up to better medical care and if we can a way off the dole. I also like that there is focus on on the job injuries and preventions and other items most other disability groups ignore.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A fantastic organzation that provides a broad range of current and varied resources for workers, as well as, providing a caring forum for peer members to share achievements, issues, concerns.

2 Shawn T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NAIDW has been great to me so far. Right I was greeted and felt right at home. They have a lot of information on all kinds of topics and are very nice and caring.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

NAIDW is a truly fantastic organization. For anyone who has been injured or who's life has been dramatically affected by an on-the-job injury, NAIDW is an extremely resourceful and caring group created strictly to give needed support to those in desperate need! Being out of work, on limited wages, in pain etc, all while not receiving the care and benefits as a result of an injury can leave one feeling isolated and helpless with little or no hope of something better. NAIDW is a place for those to share their stories, provide and receive support as well as resources to help them get their life back. An A++++ organization all the way!!!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization provides a site not only containing valuable information, but a 'life-line' for those needing assistance at a most crucial time in their life. Just having information readily available and knowing others are there that have experienced the same challenges helps. This is not a judgemental or one-sided organization. Providing assistance and guidance is truly the objective and goal of this organization....a real benefit for those needing it most. Doctors, lawyers, various other industries and organizations have subscribed and supported this organization in addition to the disabled and injured.....that speaks volumes, in my opinion!

Previous Stories

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I think that NAIDW is a foundation that provides everything an injured work needs in the way of information, support and assistance during a time when an injured worker needs the most help. NAIDW provides everything from attorneys and doctors, expectations, sharing personal experiences and provides answers to many questions. As a result and most importantly, it supports families and relationships during a very difficult time in one’s life. I speak from first hand experience, as my husband was an injured worker and now on permanent disability. NAIDW was not in existence at that time so there wasn’t any help or support to be found. The endless hours of phone calls, paperwork, and the run around was devastating while simultaneously facing multiple surgeries, no income and an unknown future. I wish this foundation was available 6-7 years ago as it would have tremendously eased the burden and stress, providing guidance and answers versus isolation and depression. Kudos to NAIDW and it founder!

2 Nadine V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was injuried in a work-related accident in 2007. I had been a professional person who thrived in a high-pressure job. My brain is still telling my body to do all the active things it used to do, but my body is not able to do most of it anymore, as I am 100% totally disabled. For years I have been made to feel that all of this is my fault. When I found this group, I no longer felt so alone. I want to be more actively involved, but my disability is getting in the way. This group and their website has tons of good information that is updated on a daily basis. It allows for open conversations between it's members. This group cares about it's members. If they don't know the answer to a question, they will find it for you or find where/who you need to contact to get your question answered. If there were more groups like this, there would be fewer stresssed out patients.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer, I have the opportunity to see and be part of a foundation with amazing vision. NAIDW offers a plethora of support, guidance and information for injured and disabled workers. This foundations holds true to its mission and that is to offer support when there is no where else to turn. I am proud to volunteer and lend a hand to something that is so needed.

1 Mary71

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has helped me tremendisly, i was injured at work on April 24, 2007. To make a long story short i now suffer with RSD/CRPS. When i first saw the naidw on my facebook feed a light came on from all of the darkness and unknowns an injured person like myself faces alone. I clicked on there web site and found unlimited resources . I joined a couple of the groups so i could help others and gain there knowledge as well. I enjoy helping other individuals with the knowledge i acquired from living with and going through many Doctors and treatments. There are millions of individuals in the UNITED STATES AND ABROAD who do not have knowledge or great doctors to serve them. This organization is there only route to getting knowledge and resouces they can use to help them and others. Thank you National Injured Disabled Workers

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a GREAT service. I was injured and felt so alone. This site has given me amazing resources and support from others that have gone thru similar problems. This service has truly been a light for me on my dark days. Thanks to all those that have volunteered and worked on providing this service!!! I am grateful, and blessed to have found it!!!!

1 Jim_11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i was injured on the job. 12 years later, i am still fighting a legal battle with my former employer. i appreciate the information i get from the National Association of Injured and Disabled Workers - it is concise, useful and worth sharing with other disabled people i come into contact with.

1 Dorothy2

Client Served

Rating: 4

I signed up for and promptly received NAIDW's prescription discount card. We saved almost half of the prescription cost--about $50! To people like us with no insurance, this is a miracle! I wish I'd found NAIDW sooner. There is even a discount card for pets. There is no cost to sign up. FANTASTIC!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a injured worker trying to take care of a daughter and a aging mother. I am 1 person trying to fight a system of people who dont have my best intrest in mind.

Jon Arbay & NAIDW are for the people. The have information for people & if they dont have it they will find it for you. Such as doctors, lawyers, support gourps, grants, case evulation etc.

I have received phone calls from Jon Arbay when I was having a rough time & a grant to help my daughter continue her education.

1 Robert23456

Client Served

Rating: 5

I started my search on the internet..just i guess looking for a shoulder to cry on. after being abused by the system, doctors, lawyers, and insurance carriers.
and came across these guys.
not only did i get that shoulder, but also valuable information and support Mr Arbay is awesome and the company that he keeps
Bob Dill

1 Lisa G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

the people I have spoken with are AMAZING! helpful nice and they don't treat the disabled like dirt. I will be using thier services again..

1 Stephen L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of speaking with the director of NAIDW on a few different occasions. He is a kind and caring person who started this organization for the benefit of others who have been injured, disabled, etc.

NAIDW is a growing nonprofit that is there to service those who are in the same rough situations I have been in. through my illness. The problem with other sites is that the information and resources for people off work due to an injury or disability isnt easy to find. With the services and information provided by NAIDW, it makes resources and support easy to find, all in one great social site.

1 Thomas M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was first introduced to the NAIDW while researching how best to re-apply for SSI Benefits for my Wife, a diabetic.

I had heard that there were recent changes in the Disability laws that now favor those affected by diabetes, so I sent an email to the NAIDW and no sooner did I blink, and I go a personal response from the President of the Foundation! He directed me to the Website where I not only found answers to my questions, ut a GREAT support network as well.

I HIGHLY suggest anyone that needs this type of information, and much much more, visit http://www.naidw.org/ NOW!

1 Charles C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an injured and now disabled worker. I rolled an 18 wheeler and damage discs in my neck and back, now suffer with Chronic pain, sciatica, lower back pain, chronic pain in neck, and pain down both my left arm and leg.

Being on this site lets me know that i am not alone in what i am going through. Everyone has a helpful hint at getting you through the tough times. To let you know what you should do and what you should have your dr's do for you to help you.

There is not a lot that i can say that is bad with this site, except i know there are ways that this site needs help monetarily wise. I would love to see this site become the only site that Injured and Disabled workers would come.

I like the fact that they want this to be run by the Injured and Disabled workers. That way they all have the passion to put their hearts into it.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My name is Fiona MacNeil. I am Director of Member Relations and NAIDW resident Life Coach. This organization offers suppport on many differently levels from information resources, community forum, discounts on services for members, government grants and lively chat room. It's one stop shopping for injured workers as well as their friends and family. The level of service and integrity this organization provides is unsurpassed.

1 Stacey G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband was injured at work 26 months ago. Up until a week ago I felt as if we were paving this road by ourselves...then I happened to find this group. WOW...what a wealth of information! Everyone that I have spoke to has been kind, helpful and generous with their time to answer any and all questions that I have had! I wish I would have had NAIDW on my side since day 1!!!

2 Joseph A.

Board Member

Rating: 4

This is a great organization which fights for injured people all over the United States. Jon Arbay the CEO is a great guy, who is an injured worker himself. I myself have RSD Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy since 2008 from a work related injury. This organization will eventually be based in every state. I was recently named the director of the state of New York. This is startup organization which main focus in to let people know the services out there for the injured worker. I am happy to be a part of this organization as a director and a advocate for disabled people everywhere, especially in NY

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was introduced to this site by my neighbor whom is an injured worker. I have learned through his experiences just how difficult it is for them to get the information, support and resources to recover physically, emotionally and financially from the devastating effects of being injured on the job. The injured worker and their family are basically left to manuever their way through the red tape to get the assistance and support that is needed and due to them. This site is the guide for you. It leads you to the resources that are out there for you. It also provides a social support and networking forum where injured workers and their families can lean on one another. This is critical in the emotional recovery; you are not alone. This site also sheds light for those of us who have not experienced this first hand; you can read the stories of injured workers all over and their plight for basic survival. This site has definitely filled a critical need in the injured workers ability to fully recover.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a big supporter of the The national association of injured and disable workers. I have friends that got injured on the job, and ended up without any help or support from the employer or the goverment. The employers are fighting the injured workers with everything they have. They have powerful attorneys and deep pockets to defend themselves. We need to stand by the weak and support humanity.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My workplace, Kaiser Permanente in Bellflower, was transferred onto a 70 yr Contaminated Superfund site in Downey. All the years I worked at Bellflower, people were sick and many co-workers died. I had no idea the pain I had suffered for many years could be attributed to TOXIC Exposure-Indoor Vapor Intrusion/ Groundwater Radiation and Toxins. Once I was moved onto the Downey site my body could take no more and I became Poisoned and Disabled. There are many like me who are very sick now but may not know why. One of the the Injured Workers from the Downey Studio Area, Wife contacted me with an urgent problem regarding her husbands Disability and Cancer Treatments. I had no answers for her but told her I would help to find out. I contacted the NAIDW and left a message. I few minuets later I received a call back and was greeted warmly AND to my surprise, with much helpfull information, not only for the Injured Worker's Wife, but helpful information that I could use also. Thank You NAIDW !

2 Alicia C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NAIDW is a great foundation for injured and disabled workers. It has made tremendous leaps and bounds from when the organization first began. Over the past year, NAIDW has worked nonstop on increasing the organization's resources and spreading the word of their cause. The organization is open to all injured workers and has very useful information to benefit those that need it's help. I strongly recommend NAIDW to anyone dealing with a difficult situation of its nature. NAIDW's members and staff give their heart and soul into making the foundation the best it can be.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I think that NAIDW has wonderful resources for a injured worker. My husband has experienced the ups and downs of a work related injury. This association is full of guidance and direction. Keep NAIDW in mind, you may never know if you or a loved one may fall victim to a disabling injury.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The time that I spend volunteering for NAIDW is the best part of my week. I always look forward to working with other volunteers and the enthusiastic staff, and I especially appreciate the dedication the organization shows on a daily basis to improving the quality of life of injured & disabled workers by providing unlimited resources, support, guidance and grant-based financial aid to injured & disabled workers and their families. Discovering NAIDW has been a very rewarding experience for me and I look forward in the future to assisting and helping in any way I can.

2 Jon A.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My name is Jon A. Arbay and I am the president & founder of NAIDW - The National Association of Injured & Disabled Workers. I hope to empower other injured workers with the knowledge in which I have acquired in the last four years of struggling through the workers' compensation system! We hope to provide short term financial assistance to injured workers who are experiencing financial difficulty. Our goal is to some day be the largest advocacy group for injured & disabled workers.

1 Brandon W.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with NAIDW since it was founded as both the webmaster and a board member. I have watched it grow from the idea of 1 injured worker into a full-fledged organization that is in one of its biggest growth periods. Each day we gain more of the exposure and experience that we need to fulfill our mission. One day soon NAIDW will be able to support injured & disabled workers in the many ways that they need it. From financial support, to moral support, and to medical and legal advice, I strongly believe that NAIDW will be on the forefront of injured worker advocacy.