Thrive’s Mission

Thrive’s mission is to provide young women with disabilities like you support to achieve your goals and independence. When you’re transitioning into an adult, life is filled with tough decisions and support is crucial. We’re here to share learnings and supports online so young women with disabilities everywhere can feel the mentorship and fellowship that helps us be our best!

About Thrive

Our Goals

Create Positive Identities

Through our resources, you should come away with a better understanding of yourself and methods to maintain a higher self-esteem. Positive self-image is one of the most important traits to have when going after a goal or taking advantage of an opportunity. We focus on self-advocacy and empowerment to help you become a productive and happy adult.

Help Make Your Dreams Possible

You’re probably facing a new chapter in your life – a new school, a new job, a change in location, or new relationships. When confronting this, you might be wondering how you can take better control of your life’s direction. Thrive helps to present options for independence through interaction with role models that have gone through similar experiences.

Bring Women with Disabilities Together

It is all too common for young women with disabilities to feel isolated and alone because of their differences. Thrive wants to show women like you that there are so many people out there that can relate to what you’re going through – both the ups and the downs.

Furthering Easterseals' Mission

The Thrive community strongly advances Easterseals' mission of providing opportunities for people with disabilities to achieve their full potential. Together, we’re changing the way the world defines and views disability.

Team Thrive: Spotlight!

Thrive is a community for young women with disabilities started by Sandy Ho. It is now led by:

picture of Erin, wearing blue glasses, long hair and smiling

Erin Hawley: Digital Content Producer and Manager

"I am passionate about Thrive's goal to empower and build community for young women with disabilities. I wish I had access to this support group growing up. I'm proud of what Thrive has accomplished so far, and we've really only just begun!"

sandy2Desiree Forte: Youth Services Manager

"I have been involved in Easterseals youth programs for many years and I am so happy to now get the opportunity to help run them. The Easterseals woman’s Thrive program is a program that I feel very personally connected to." Read More.

But there are so many people who have made Thrive possible! We'll be featuring some of those people on this page.

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