I’ve preached for the past 6 months about how social networks need to become more focused in order for them to sustain any type of growth and visibility, let alone profits. It’s at this point that I must point you in the direction of a website called Disaboom. I’m going to quote from their site a bit so here goes:
Disaboom.com was founded by Dr. J. Glen House, a physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation who is also a quadriplegic. His firsthand knowledge of the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities and those whose lives they touch has driven the Disaboom.com mission: to create the first comprehensive, evolving source of information, insight, and personal engagement for the disability community.
In essence, he created a social networking site for individuals with disabilities. Truly a niche based and even more needed network for people who need to find other like-minded individuals or services or programs that are geared towards them, their families and friends and their particular disability
Disaboom.com is based on the following core beliefs:
Expertise comes in many forms. Often the best advice comes not just from medical experts but also from “peers” – others who’ve walked the path you’re on. That’s why in addition to providing solid medical expertise, we’ve also put together the largest online network of individuals to share their personal experiences with you, providing honest, practical answers to hard questions.
Knowledge is power – and so is community. Disaboom.com strives to provide you the tools and guidance you need to live active, engaged lives. But when it comes to sharing stories and personal insights, there’s nothing stronger than the power of community – which is why we’re connecting the millions touched by disability to both information and each other.
You don’t have to be disabled to be touched by disability. The Disaboom.com community is as diverse as the communities we live in, made up of mothers and models, surfers and surgeons, babies and baby boomers. Our network of 180 million and growing includes not just individuals with disabilities, but also medical practitioners, caregivers, employers, family members, teachers, and others. In so many important ways, people with disabilities may be anyone – and everyone.
The word “disability” may apply to us – but will never define us. We decide who we are, and what lives we will create. The goal of Disaboom.com is to provide the information, community, and connection you need to define who you are, and what life you will lead.
Launched in the fall of 2007, Disaboom truly is a niched based social network that serves the greater good of it participants rather than the greater good of advertisers and angels.
It’s great that this site is finally receiving the attention and support it deserves.
I am a member at Disaboom and they have really hit the nail. It’s the largest online community and resource for persons suffering with disabilities. They just launched their new and improved site which includes updates on sponsors such as Josh Blue (Hilarious Last Comic Standing Winner). The site will not only be the one stop resource and social network for persons with disabilities but will prove to be an invaluable resource for friends, families, and caregivers.
I encourage everyone to visit http://www.disaboom.com/
So many people are in some way affected by disabilities and should educate themselves to better cope.
The growth of this site has really been phenomenal-I have been a member since it was in its early Beta stage and it’s grown each and every day. Their behind the scenes customer service and support of members that have stayed on board to promote a welcoming environment make it a place unlike any other that I visit on the web. I’m an extremely busy PhD student with a disability and I work full-time but I gladly find time to support this site! Thanks for featuring it.