The Ability Toolbox 2023 Writers' Fund
The Ability Toolbox is a self-help community for people with disabilities, chronic illnesses, and mental illnesses. We aim to drive change in the health media industry by demonstrating the power and value of diverse disabled voices. But we can't do it without your help.
You see, "we" right now is just me, Karin Willison, a woman who uses a wheelchair due to cerebral palsy. I have many years of experience as a professional writer, editor, and advocate, including six years at one of the largest online health communities. I created The Ability Toolbox because I believe that “nothing about us without us” needs to apply to digital health communities -- and that starts with paying writers with disabilities, chronic illnesses, and mental health conditions for their work.
I don't have millions of dollars in venture capital -- or any venture capital at all -- and I don't want The Ability Toolbox to be beholden to corporate interests. I believe disabled people need and deserve opportunities to succeed economically on our own terms. So I'm asking you to help The Ability Toolbox get a great start so it can thrive long-term.
Every dollar you give will be used to pay disabled writers and artists, including and especially those who are also part of BIPOC, LGBTQ, and other marginalized communities. $25,000 is enough to publish 4 to 5 articles per week for a total of 250 articles per year. That should be enough for The Ability Toolbox to attract quality advertisers and sustain itself while paying writers for many years to come.
Can't afford to donate money? Here are four ways you can help:
- Follow us on social media AND share and comment on a post at least once a week. This helps more people find us.
- Link to us if you have a blog or website. It helps people find us and improves our SEO.
- Buy stuff through our affiliate links. It doesn't have to be the item in the link -- we'll get a commission on anything you buy from that site within 24 hours (sometimes longer) at no extra cost to you.
- Donate your writing. We believe in paying writers, but if you are able and willing to write an article for us for free, we greatly appreciate it.
Join The Ability Toolbox and let's build a digital health community that truly includes everyone.