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Help These Disability Nonprofits Become Year-Round Gift-Givers

Ever wondered how Santa Claus stays so jolly? We can chalk it up to simple science known as the “do good, feel phenomenon.” Research suggests that when someone does something good, a happiness high ensues. Apparently, all that gift-giving keeps Santa in a permanent state of merriment! With the spirit of generosity soaring higher than Santa’s sleigh, let’s collectively strive to match his “do good, feel good” mentality through philanthropic endeavors. For many disability nonprofits, donations and/or other support received during the holiday season impacts mission work delivered all year long.

AmeriDisability has spotlighted numerous nonprofits serving the disability community. And we’re pretty certain the following nonprofits will definitely make Santa’s “nice” list! Will you support these worthy organizations? Or do you intend to support another organization this year? Drop us a comment on this article or share with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

[FYI: Click on each nonprofit name below to read a related article by AmeriDisability and, then, click on the nonprofit website link to reach each organizations’ page.]

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Here’s a round-up of some disability nonprofits: 

  • Adaptive Adventures: Providing progressive outdoor sports opportunities to improve the quality of life for individuals with physical disabilities and their families.
  • ALS Association: Driven by a mission to discover treatments and a cure for ALS; and to serve, advocate for and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest.
  • American Diabetes Association: Working to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
  • American Heart Association: Working to fund cardiovascular medical research, educate consumers on healthy living and foster appropriate cardiac care in an effort to reduce disability and deaths caused by cardiovascular disease and stroke.
  • American Parkinson’s Disease Association: Dedicated to fighting Parkinson’s disease and working tirelessly to help the approximately one million with PD in the United States live life to the fullest with this chronic, neurological disorder.
  • arcBARKS: A dog treat company created by The Arc of Greensboro in response to an increasing need for post-high school options for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Autism Society: Working to connect people to autism-focused resources through education, advocacy, support, information and referral, and community programming.
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  • Best Buddies International: Working to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Bcenter: Dedicated to stroke survivors and their caregivers with a goal to provide treatment resources, hope and direction.
  • Braille Institute: Focused on embracing the challenges of sight loss in all its facets and rejecting its perceived limitations, with the belief that vision rehabilitation is a beginning, not an end. The Institute offers free programs and services to those with low vision to no vision.
  • Brain Injury Association of America: Advancing awareness, research, treatment and education to improve the quality of life for all people affected by brain injury.
  • Cerebral Palsy Foundation: Working to transform lives through cerebral palsy-focused research, innovation and collaboration.
  • Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation: Dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by advancing innovative research and improving the quality of life for individuals and families impacted by paralysis.
  • Free Wheelchair Mission: Because many people around the world who need a wheelchair don’t have access to them, this effort works to close the gap by providing inexpensive, unique wheelchairs.
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  • Ronald McDonald House Charities: Their programming allows families (with children with serious illnesses, including an array of disabilities) to stay together during periods of hospital stays, either at a Ronald McDonald House, which includes accessible amenities, or other accommodations like nearby hotels.
  • Smile Farms: Working to provide developmentally disabled adults with meaningful work opportunities at farms, urban gardens, greenhouses and farm stands, where they can grow and sell flowers, plants and produce in their local communities.
  • Sickle Cell Disease Association of America: Advocating for people affected by sickle cell conditions and empowering community-based organizations to maximize the quality of life and raise public consciousness while advancing the search for a universal cure.
  • Solve M.E.: A catalyst for critical research into diagnostics, treatments and cures for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), Long Covid and other post-infection diseases.
  • Special Olympics: Promoting the acceptance of all people through sports and various programming.
  • Spina Bifida Association: Working to build a better and brighter future for all those impacted by spina bifida.
  • Stand Up and Play Foundation: Aimed at helping wheelchair users stand up to participate in sporting, artistic and other activities and/or experience the empowerment of looking one eye to eye.
  • Surfers For Autism: A relationship-building organization providing free surf sessions and more for persons with autism and other related developmental delays and disabilities.

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  • The Reveille Project: Striving to grant wellness-focused guidance to veterans with mood disorders and physical disabilities working to adapt socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually back into civilian life.
  • UCP: An organization dedicated to unlocking the potential of children with and without disabilities through education, therapy services and programs.
  • United Spinal Association: Dedicated to empowering people with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D), including veterans, to live successful and fulfilling lives.
  • U.S. Pain Foundation: Dedicated to serving those who live with conditions that cause chronic pain, as well as their caregivers and care providers.
  • Yes She Can, Inc.: Helping teen girls and young women with autism spectrum disorders to develop transferable job skills to enable them to join the competitive workforce and achieve greater independence.

‘Tis the season to be present and give presents. Happy holidays to all, and especially to our do good, feel gooders!

Please note: AmeriDisability is committed to celebrating the impactful efforts of nonprofits serving the disability community. The organizations featured in this article are just some examples of incredible change-makers. If you know of other disability-serving organizations that you think AmeriDisability should highlight in a future article, please contact us at

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Nancy DeVault
Nancy is the managing editor of AmeriDisability. She is an award-winning storyteller passionate about health and happiness.

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