Friends With Disabilities is expanding its services to Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Paul Mayfield will be the Executive Director of the Grand Rapids site.
He is in the process of seeking funding and recruiting participants.

If you know anyone who is interested in donating or joining , please contact Paul Mayfield at 248-460-6070.


FwD  is a  501 (c) 3 non-profit Community Benefit Organization, (CBO).


“Inclusion Starts With You”


To reach out to the community of individuals with disabilities in order to educate and promote inclusion.


‘Live Chats with Paul

It will air monthly with  topics and information that is important to our participants.

ZOOM LIVE  is right for us because:

  • It will provide us a great way to interact with our participants
  • It will give us a stronger connection
  • It will play in real time
  • Bring participants questions or comments into the broadcasting itself
  • Provide updates in a timely manner
  • Increase interaction with current participants
  • Broadcast for longer period
  • Its what the participants wants.

FwD Testimony

Happy Thanksgiving from Friends With Disabilities


On behalf of all of us at
Friends with Disabilities (FwD), I’d like to wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving.
Today is the day when we all take a moment to reflect on what’s most important and the things that we’re grateful for supporters like you! This year our members, Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers are very thankful as we look back on our successes and plan the year ahead.
Your support helps change the lives of people with physical disabilities by providing them with…..
That offers them a new level of independence, freedom, and opportunity. People like Dana Parham – Buchanan, a member. (See her video below)
This organization has helped me, “A scarety cat, didn’t like to come out of my house! This organization helped me to break down barriers, now I, look forward to getting out with others,”said Dana.
FwD not only improves…. For our members, but also furthers inclusion and advocates for policy reforms that change how the world views physical disabilities. together, we can expand our impact. Together, we can do more. In fact, just like Dana, together we are unstoppable. Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for your donation!
Your generosity this Thanksgiving will ensure that members who are joining, will have everything they need to start this life-changing journey together.
With gratitude,
Sharmese D. Anderson
President and CEO
Services are free to members. 501 C3 nonprofit. all GIFs tax deductible.
Be powerful and intentional

Month of November Topic: Job Seekers

The Federal Government is actively recruiting and hiring persons with disabilities. We offer a variety of exciting jobs, competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and opportunities for career advancement.

Hiring people with disabilities into Federal jobs is fast and easy. People with disabilities can be appointed to Federal jobs non-competitively through a process called Schedule A. Learn how to be considered for Federal jobs under the noncompetitive process. People with disabilities may also apply for jobs through the traditional or competitive process.

To find Federal jobs for which you can apply here.

Jobs and Education for People with Disabilities

Learn about employment resources on how to find a government job and prepare for a job interview. You can also find information on employment laws and how to file a workplace harassment or discrimination complaint. Also, search educational programs for students with disabilities.

Job Help for People with Disabilities

If you have a disability and you’re looking for work, these resources can help.

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  • Develop Your Work and Job-Seeking Skills
  • Find a Job
    • Ticket to Work trains Social Security disability recipients age 18 – 64 who want to work. It’s free and voluntary.
    • helps people who are blind or have significant disabilities find jobs. Job openings are with nonprofit agencies nationwide.
    • The federal government has many jobs open to people with disabilities.

Education Programs for People with Disabilities
Learn how to find government education programs and financial aid for people with disabilities.


  • The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, transgender status, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.
  • Most employers with at least 15 employees are covered by EEOC laws (20 employees in age discrimination cases). Most labor unions and employment agencies are also covered.
  • The laws apply to all types of work situations, including hiring, firing, promotions, harassment, training, wages, and benefits.


Authority & Role

  • The EEOC has the authority to investigate charges of discrimination against employers who are covered by the law. Our role in an investigation is to fairly and accurately assess the allegations in the charge and then make a finding. If we find that discrimination has occurred, we will try to settle the charge. If we aren’t successful, we have the authority to file a lawsuit to protect the rights of individuals and the interests of the public and litigate a small percentage of these cases. When deciding to file a lawsuit, the EEOC considers several factors such as the strength of the evidence, the issues in the case, and the wider impact the lawsuit could have on the EEOC’s efforts to combat workplace discrimination.
  • We also work to prevent discrimination before it occurs through outreach, education, and technical assistance programs.


On the second Thursday of October, people all around the world celebrate World Sight Day. This global event draws attention to blindness, visual impairments, and the prevention methods of both. It’s praised as the “most important advocacy and communications event on the eye health calendar.

What is impaired eyesight?

Vision impairment means that a person’s eyesight cannot be corrected to a “normal” level. Vision impairment may be caused by a loss of visual acuity, where the eye does not see objects as clearly as usual.


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