EquallyAble Foundation

Disabled No More. Dependent No More.

aka HelpHandicap Foundation   |   Chantilly, VA   |  www.equallyable.org

Mission

Empowerment and inclusion of people with disabilities leading to independence, mainstream, fulfilling lifestyles, honor, and dignity. EquallyAble Foundation’s (formerly HelpHandicap Foundation) mission is to integrate people with disabilities into mainstream living; to help them become self-supporting and independent, and enable them to lead an undiminished and accomplished life. We work to integrate people with disabilities into mainstream living, to help them become self-supporting and independent through multiple programs dedicated to health, education & employment. Over 5000 people received inclusion and disability awareness information in seminars, workshops, and events across the USA. Around 3427 applicants have received assistance in India since 2001; over $585864 was approved.

Ruling year info

2002

Principal Officer

Mohammed Yousuf

Main address

P O Box 221441

Chantilly, VA 20153 USA

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Formerly known as

HelpHandicap Foundation

EIN

38-3604741

NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

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Employment

Employment offerings to people with disabilities has been a problem through out the world, even some of the most advanced countries have an unemployment rate as high as 73% among people with disabilities. The government of India’s National Sample Survey of 1991 indicates that there are seven million employable people with disabilities in the country waiting for some kind of jobs. Out of these, only 100,000 have got jobs in the last 40 years, that amounts to only .1percent employment rate among people with disabilities.
This program provides financial assistance to start a small business such as:

Telephone booths, internet cafes, tea stalls etc.
Photocopy center, sewing center
Others

Population(s) Served

Our goal is to provide tuition assistance so that students with disabilities may learn and obtain an education, acquire training that transitions them into employment and assist individuals with cognitive and learning disabilities to obtain the skills necessary for daily routines.

The initiatives under this program include:

Education-providing tuition assistance to earn primary, secondary, professional, and advanced professional training and courses to students with all disabilities. Clustered Training –providing lodging, boarding, transportation, and training group of individuals in key demand areas to transition them into full-time jobs. Daily Skills Training-assisting people with mental, learning and cognitive disabilities learn new skills to perform basic daily tasks and routines

EducationAssist program will offer financial assistance for the following:

-Cost of tuition fee and or books for primary school
-Cost of tuition fee and or books for secondary school
-Cost of tuition fee and or books for professional colleges
-Other advanced professional training and courses

People with mobility, vision and hearing impairment with lower income are eligible to apply

Population(s) Served

The “1000 Small Business Initiative” is aimed at ending poverty and unemployment among individuals with disabilities and their families.

As part of the “1000 Small Business Initiative”, 1000 small businesses will be set up with an estimated cost of $500 per business. These businesses will be based on the skills and abilities of the individual and demand for such businesses within their local region or area.
EquallyAble endeavours to help 100 people with disabilities in the West Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh, India, to start their own businesses. As part of the GiveHope1000 initiative, EquallyAble by making this award available to the Consumer Protection Counsel (CPC) of India, by making this award it is hoping that CPC who bring a positive change in the lives of those with disabilities by seeking innovative farming techniques and systems.

The following businesses are:

Barkalu rental business: Barkalus are thick blankets made of plastic bags that are used to harvest rice grains from rice paddies. The recipient of this business can earn an income by renting the Barkalu to local farmers
Bio-pesticide and bio-fertilizer production
Small-scale rice mills to remove the husk from rice grains
Tea stalls on main roads
Grocery Stores
Fruit and vegetable stalls
Air-filling machines
Fish collection trays
Sugarcane juice machines
Tailors
and much more.

Equally Able President, Mohammed Yousuf, says: “unemployment among people with disabilities continues to be a major cause of concern; this initiative is an attempt to reduce poverty and bring individuals with disabilities to lead a mainstream, fulfilling life.” EquallyAble feels that this initiative will bring positive change in the lives of the individuals and families receiving assistance from this it.

Population(s) Served

People with disabilities can be productive members provided they are given equal access, support and inclusion in our society. Inclusion is an amazing thing when it shows up in families, communities and cities. However, at times it takes forever to permeate. EquallyAble recognizes that for people with disabilities and their families, support and inclusion is very important. Our goal is to improve inclusion and outreach and provide support to advance civic, economic and social participation of them in all spheres of our society.
The initiatives under this program include:

Support Groups- providing a forum for families of children with special needs to come together and share their experiences and needs to find common healing
Toys for special kids-bringing joy and happiness during Christmas, Eid, Hanukkah, Diwali, etc. by presenting toys to special kids to enhance their festivity
Reflections in Colors-a contest at public/private schools to improve acceptance, inclusion & increase interaction among students with & without special needs.
Institution & Infrastructure Support- providing accessible design guidance & financial support to schools for children with learning and cognitive disabilities
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For individuals with disabilities and their families, it is not enough to be merely independent, but it is also necessary to have a group that supports and provides an empathetic relationship. Such a group acts as a forum to meet, to discuss and to represent their interests and needs to the outside world; it can also work collectively to seek the support services from those in authority, bring caregivers and practitioners to provide guidance and counsel to those in need.

EquallyAble support groups will serve different purposes, depending on the situation and the need. Such a forum can help people to be visible members of​ the larger community. Members can support one another through sharing information on referral services and other available resources; help make decisions on family and individual matters etc. It will allow the membership to support other such groups, they can advocate jointly to obtain services, and for integration in the larger community.

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EquallyAble Foundation

Board of directors
as of 04/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mohammed Yousuf

Mohammed Yousuf

US DOT

Tim Grogan

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes