About Us And Our Disability Grants
Web Site Helping Disabled People
Curious about us and who's behind this disability grants Web site? It's designed to show disabled people how to get real help, like SSD and other benefits and grants.
Accessible.org is an NGO (non-governmental organization) where you get REAL help for your disability. As an NGO, we have no government or political affiliations.
But why "the people's NGO?" Simple. Unlike most NGOs worldwide, we help disabled individuals directly. And all at no charge. See the Free Disability Help page for details.
We serve primarily North America, but we also provide assistance to disabled people in other jurisdictions. Our mission is simply to help you get all the disability benefits you're entitled to.
We've worked really hard at making the site easy to navigate and every page easy to read and understand. If you find anything that's not totally clear, please let us know via the Contact Us page, okay?
So Who's Behind This Site?
Hello! Don Coggan here with a warm welcome to Accessible.org. It's set up as a charitable NGO. Let me give you some background and rationale for the site.
In 1981, I started providing technical consulting services throughout the US, Canada and internationally to clients in the private and public sectors.
In early 1996, I left my consulting engineering practice cold turkey and began applying my previous experience to the development of Internet businesses throughout the US and Canada.
In the late 1990s, I worked on a lot of sites that needed to be accessible to people with disabilities. This site was initially a showcase of those Web development skills. See this Bobby Approved page for some historical background.
Then something amazing happened!
Increasingly, inquiries came from disabled people themselves. Most were looking for ways out of dire financial straits caused by medical expenses. It took me quite some time, but I finally figured out a way that I could help.
Most of the inquiries I received were poorly written and often hard to understand. As an experienced writer, I thought, "I could rewrite those stories to make them more readable and useful in getting the help they need!"
At about the same time, the Web services company I use for this site introduced an interactive feature (like a blog) to make this possible.
The result is summarized in the following message buttons that appear on almost all pages of the site.
The story-posting program automates everything except the editing, which I must do personally. It's still quite a bit of work. Many people have wondered why I do it. There must be a catch, right?
And What's The Catch?
Well, there is no catch. In fact there's a very logical explanation. It has to do with Abraham Maslow's famous hierarchy of needs, as depicted in the illustration here.
According to Wikipedia...
"Maslow's hierarchy of needs is a theory in psychology, proposed by Abraham Maslow in his 1943 paper A Theory of Human Motivation."
"Maslow's theory suggests that the most basic level of needs must be met before the individual will strongly desire (or focus motivation upon) the secondary or higher level needs."
Fortunately, my basic needs are satisfied. This means I can focus on a higher level need, which in the case of this site is to help others by doing something I know how to do.
I like to write and I know how to do it, so that's what I do, nothing more, nothing less.
As mentioned throughout these pages, this editing service is free. In fact I'll I'll send you $100 by PayPal if you find anything on this site that asks you to pay money to Accessible.org. Just let me know via the Contact Us page with the evidence!
An aside... as well as being a registered professional engineer and Internet business consultant, I'm also a certified hypnotherapist. It's been useful to better understand and help people.
So there you go... background and rationale!
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