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Ability Together, Inc.

Advocating for Equity in the Health and Wellness Spaces

Laguna Woods, CA   |  www.abilitytogether.org

Mission

Our Mission is to empower people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, individuals with disabilities, their caregivers, and the community through education, resources, and support. We are committed to promoting equity and access in health and wellness spaces, challenging disparities, and promoting diversity to create more inclusive and equitable environments.

Ruling year info

2016

CEO & Founder

Keith Bonchek

Main address

3356 Monte Hermoso - Unit P

Laguna Woods, CA 92637 USA

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EIN

81-4694111

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We aim to improve communication equity in the health care setting, including emergency services. The healthcare setting is not communication friendly to Deaf/HOH individuals and individuals with disabilities. Not all medical facilities offer online forms, email, and/or online appointment setting, presenting communication barriers from the first attempted contact. ASL interpreters are often difficult to get and arent always available in emergency situations. Health care professionals sometimes do not read patient files that outline communication barriers or other disabilities and how to address them. Something as easy as using a face shield instead of a mask is often overlooked if a patient is Deaf/HOH and reads lips. There is an inherent bias towards people with disabilities. Providers often assume that patients will bring communication devices or an interpreter.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Ability Together, Inc.

Our Mission is to empower people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, individuals with disabilities, their caregivers, and the community through education, resources, and support. We are committed to promoting equity and access in health and wellness spaces, challenging disparities, and promoting diversity to create more inclusive and equitable environments.

Population(s) Served
Health
Caregivers
Families
Parents

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of briefings or presentations held

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Due to the pandemic, speaking engagements were cancelled in 2020 and 2021. This year (2023), we are actively scheduling presentations once again.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We are aiming to create awareness around communication disabilities in the healthcare setting. There are ADA laws that protect people with disabilities, including communication disabilities. When medical facilities do not comply with the ADA laws, it most often is not willful disobedience, but instead a lack of awareness. When awareness is not part of the culture in environments where people with communication disabilities are being served, there tends to be inequity in services provided.

We are connecting with medical offices, medical facilities, and schools that offer medical, nursing, and emergency responder training. We will be offering awareness seminars and workshops, held by people in the Deaf/HOH and disabled communities, to give firsthand experiences, awareness education, and answer questions that people are often too afraid to ask.

We are a small but passionate organization and each of us either is either Deaf, has a disability, or has a friend/family member that is Deaf or has a disability. This work is important, we have many community connections, and a strong compass to forge the way for change.

We are able to offer training in-person at schools, places of employment, or neutral spaces. We are also able to speak at conferences and workshops.

Our work can have an impact at the local level by engaging health care facilities and training institutions in our area. However, for the greatest impact, it will be necessary to partner with larger national organizations, associations (such as the American Medical Association or American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management). Medical programs are starting to include disability training in their programs and Medical Continuing Education programs are beginning to include disability training in their offerings.

Our President & CEO, Keith Bonchek, has spoken at several facilities in San Diego County and Orange County.
We have recently created two new seminars related to making health care appointments more accessible and using language that is people-centered.
What’s Next? We’ll be launching a new awareness campaign this summer and doing a special fundraiser that will support the development of a new curriculum that will enable us to become a provider of Medical Continuing Education credits. We’d eventually like to see disability awareness training mandated as part of the continuing education requirement for medical professionals and a core requirement for medical and nursing students.

Financials

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Operations

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Ability Together, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/14/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Keith Bonchek

Ability Together, Inc.

Term: 2016 -

J. Davis

Jeff Fetterman

Tammy Bradley

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/13/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data