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March 2014 Community Newsletter

Posted by Ben Munoz on March 25, 2014 at 10:30pm 0 Comments

Dear United With Disabilities Family and Friends,

March 2014 is an exciting month for Ben’s Friends, as everything seems to fall into place! But before we share the good news, we invite you to participate in a brief survey on the…


February 2014 Community Newsletter

Posted by Ben Munoz on March 1, 2014 at 12:00am 0 Comments

Dear Disabilities United Family and Friends,

We're very happy to announce that we were just approved as an official nonprofit by the IRS!!
This means that we are eligible for…

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

Mobile App and E-Book Available for Download!

Keep in touch with friends. Get support and information while on the go. DOWNLOAD the Ben's Friends iPhone App now!

Learn how others cope and be inspired by the helpful tips and amazing stories of patients with rare diseases. Get the e-book "We're in This Together: Stories & Tips from Patients with Rare Diseases" HERE.

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

Please click on FIRST TIME USERS and WELCOME! tabs for helpful info, also the Help tab for Links . THANKS!

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.


Depression (major depression)

Started by John "JC" Colyer in Uncategorized. Last reply by Stephen 5 hours ago. 1 Reply

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 on Monday. 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

United with Disabilities Memorial Forum

Started by Ben Munoz in Uncategorized Mar 1. 0 Replies

 Let us remember our fellow United with Disabilities members, who came here…Continue

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