Disable the Difference
We are a federally-registered non-profit organization with a mission to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through awareness, support, research, policy change, and friendship. We offer free virtual programs for youth with disabilities.
Current Programming and Projects
Disable the Difference currently offers two free virtual programs for youth with disabilities, and has ongoing research projects and community initiatives. Click here to learn more.
"You have no idea the impact you have had on my child. It’s given him something to look forward each week, you are phenomenal with him and it’s given us a much needed break as well."
Q: How are volunteers paired with buddies?
A: Depending on which program the volunteer and buddy sign up for, the likes and interests of each volunteer are matched with a buddy with similar likes and interests. If the buddy requests academic tutoring in a specific area, we will match them with a volunteer that excels in that specific area.
Q: Are volunteers background checked?
A: In addition to our rigorous application and recruitment process, every volunteer above the age of 18 is required to submit a vulnerable sector background check from their local police station to ensure they are cleared to work with elders, children, and people with disabilities.
Q: How are volunteers selected?
A: Every volunteer goes through a rigorous selection process in which they first complete a thorough written application, and if accepted, are invited to a one-on-one interview with our volunteer recruitment team. Volunteers who sign up to join our academic mentorship and tutoring program must undergo training and provide us a copy of their most recent academic transcript and maintain a minimum average of an A.