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Imagining Possibilites

Posted by Armando Abrero on April 24, 2014 at 5:24pm 0 Comments

Imagine what can be done with these...

3D Printed Cast Can Heal Bones…


Never give up.

Posted by Armando Abrero on April 20, 2014 at 4:11pm 0 Comments

Just wanted to share this inspiring video.

Laugh often. Love a lot. Be strong. Never give up.…


Ben's Friends Member Survey

Thank you for taking time to participate in our survey.  We are so grateful that more than 1000 of you responded! We are now working on analyzing the data. We'll let you know of the survey results soon.

Ben's Friends Now a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Organization

We're pleased to announce that Ben’s Friends is now officially approved by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit.
     This enables all donations to be tax deductible (starting with any made from July 2013), makes us eligible for corporate donations and matching gifts, and gives us access to grants and foundations (dramatically widening our donor pool), and provides benefits reserved for nonprofits (such as Google Ads credits).
     This status will help us realize our ultimate goal - to ensure everyone affected by a rare disease has a safe place to go (our communities!) to connect with someone like them.
     Thank you, Members and Moderators, for hanging in there with us and never wavering as we went through this difficult process. Now the real work can begin!
     If anyone has any ties to grants, foundations, or partners who can help 501(c)(3) organizations, or if you have any past experience writing grant applications, please email us at partners@bensfriends.org

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Don’t focus on your Disabilties, focus on the Possibilities

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What is Disability?

Disability is the consequence of an impairment that may be physical, cognitive, mental, sensory, emotional, developmental, or some combination of these. A disability may be present from birth, or occur during a person's lifetime.

People with a disability come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colours, sex and cultures - just as we all do. The only thing that separates a person with a disability is that, for one reason or another, they are unable to do certain things in the same way as the mainstream of society. They may require some form of adaptation or alteration to assist them to overcome the effect of their disability.


The video – Undiagnosed Children’s Day Friday 25th April 2014! via Swan UK

Started by John "JC" Colyer in Uncategorized 1 hour ago. 0 Replies

Friday 25th April is Undiagnosed Children’s Day 2014!Based around the the theme ‘#itsamystery’ to highlight the fact that many undiagnosed children are medical mysteries, people around the country will be getting together to fundraise or raise…Continue

Tags: UK, The, Undiagnosed, via, video

Depression (major depression)

Started by John "JC" Colyer in Uncategorized. Last reply by dancermom on Saturday. 2 Replies

DefinitionDepression is a medical illness that involves the mind and body. Also called major depression, major depressive disorder and clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave. Depression can lead to a variety of emotional and…Continue

Tags: depression), (major, Depression

7 most misunderstood mental ailments

Started by John "JC" Colyer in Uncategorized. Last reply by John "JC" Colyer Apr 14. 4 Replies

 Three days away from the 2011 World Mental Health Day on October 10th, let's take a look at some of the most misunderstood mental health problems affecting human lives.Often misdiagnosed, mental disorders affect millions of people every year.…Continue

Tags: ailments, mental, misunderstood, most, 7

Ben's Friends Member Survey

Started by Scott Orn in Uncategorized Mar 21. 0 Replies

We are working with a non profit consulting firm called Bridgespan that helped us put this survey together to help us quantify the benefits of Ben's Friends. The hope is that we can use the data to make the communities better and to apply for grants…Continue

Infographic on Disability in America

Started by Armando Abrero in Uncategorized Mar 11. 0 Replies

Check out this well-researched infographic on Disability in America from the site Masters-in-Special-Education.com!…Continue

Tags: disability in America

Ben's Friends Featured in Forbes!

Started by Armando Abrero in Uncategorized Mar 5. 0 Replies

Ben Munoz and Ben's Friends Patient Communities were featured in Forbes over the weekend! Thanks to the Members who talked to the author, Sarah McKinney.…Continue

Tags: disabilities, rare disease

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Disability Concern: Asking for Help

When a disabled person asks the general public for assistance, most are ready, willing & able to help. Some are not. This video documents some of the reasons...
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