THE MY DISABILITY MATTERS CLUB
The FREE Social Network for the Disability Community
Living with disability can be lonely and very challenging
Are you a person living with disability?
Are you a family member or carer of someone with a disability?
Do you work in the disability services sector?
The My Disability Matters Club has been created just for you
Meet New People
Make new friends with people who understand you.
Some will live nearby and others will be on the other side of the world.
Share and Learn
Share your experiences to help others and learn from the experiences of others.
Ask questions about anything and get help when you need it.
Be involved in lively discussions.
Sometimes about big and important issues, and sometimes just for fun.
About My Disability Matters
Dale Reardon is the Founder of My Disability Matters
I am the founder of My Disability Matters. I want MDM to be your place to come to for information and advice on issues that are important to you. It is also a place to meet new people and make friends.
I am 47 and have been blind since the age of 17. My seeing eye dog Charlie is 8 and is my fourth dog.
For a long time I have been involved in disability advocacy. I personally believe the disability community needs a place to gather for discussion around disability issues with a community willing to share information and experiences.
What you will find inside the MDM Club
There is something for everyone
- Personalise your profile with a profile image and cover photo
- Add in a few words about yourself
- Link to your personal blog and other social media
- Make sections visible to everyone, your friends, or just you
- Post updates to the whole community or just your friends
Participate in the Community
- Read the activity of other members, comment and chat
- Update your status to share what is happening in your life or a story you found online
- Upload and share photos, videos and GIFs
- Create and respond to polls
- Moderation will protect you, however no topic related to disability or an ordinary life is off limits
- Join groups to find people with common interests
- Find people from your country or region
- Disability related groups as well as groups on any topic
- Share experiences, photos, stories and more with members of each group
MDM Club Members' Blog
- Any member can submit a blog post for publication
- A great opportunity to get started with writing and share your thoughts and experiences
- Current issues, opinion pieces, advocacy and more
- Hear from writers with disability
The My Disability Matters Respect Pledge
The MDM Club prioritises your safety
We, the owners and moderators of My Disability Matters, believe that no matter who you are, where you are from, or what you believe, you should be able to belong in the My Disability Matters Club community, and be treated with respect and tolerance.
By joining this community, and participating in any way, you commit to treat all fellow members of this community, regardless of race, religion, national origin, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or age, with respect, tolerance, empathy and without judgment or bias.
Do you have a business?
Are your customers in the disability community?
The MDM Club Business Membership is for you if you wish to promote your business (including charities and NFP) to the disability community.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I really join for free?
Yes, if you join as a personal member, there is no charge. We want this community to be large and busy, so that everyone can benefit from the discussions, ideas and experiences of others. To allow this to be provided for free, you will see advertising on the site. We hope that some of these ads are useful to you as well.
We also offer a Premium Membership option that is available for a small monthly or annual fee. This provides you with access to MDM Rewards (discounts at Australian retailers) and the MDM Club eBook library. Plus, advertising is removed from your activity stream inside the Club.
In addition, we sell business memberships for people who want to promote their products and services to members of The Club. There are restrictions on the type and frequency of promotional activity.
Do I have to have a disability to join the MDM Club?
No, not at all and you are not required to prove your disability or even tell us your disability unless you want to in your profile.
The MDM Club is open to people with disabilities of any sort but also friends, family members, carers and associated businesses. These additional people may or may not have a disability.
We are most interested in whether you will commit to the pledge of tolerance and respect and thereby show an attitude of tolerance and respect to all members, regardless of their disability and regardless of whether they have disclosed their disability publicly.
We believe the MDM Community will thrive if we have members who are disabled and also supporters of people with disabilities.
What type of disabilities are welcome? Do you consider mental illness to be a disability?
You are welcome to join the My Disability Matters Community no matter what type of disability you have; whether it is permanent or temporary; in fact whether you have a disability at all doesn’t matter provided you are a supporter of disability issues and equality and connected to the disability community in some way.
Our members have a huge range and variety of disabilities : autism, Aspergers, ASD, blindness, deafness, diabetes, depression, anxiety, downs syndrome, cerebral palsy, mental illnesses of all sorts, bipolar, amputees and many more.
We definitely welcome and support members who have any form of mental health issue or mental illness.
We don’t want to precisely define what is a disability and we welcome you regardless of any formal diagnosis.
If you have any doubts at all then we suggest you join our community and see if we are the right place for you.
Will there be lots of information to help me?
The My Disability Matters Club is growing quickly and becoming busier every week. You will find lots of people to talk with and information to help you.
As soon as you join you can start to chat to other members. It is the people who make this community great and help you with any problems you have and need advice on.
We also ask for you to support us by spreading the word about the MDM Club. The more people who join, the more participants there will be in the discussions to help everyone.
Can I share my personal blog or videos in the MDM Club?
Yes you sure can. There are a few ways you can do this. Firstly, be sure to add the links of your blog, YouTube Channel (or other social links) to your profile.
Next, you can share anything new you have created on your profile and in relevant groups that you join.
In addition, we have the MDM Club Blog. You are welcome to submit some writing or a video to the blog, which all members will be able to access.
Does it matter where I live?
We welcome MDM Club members from anywhere in the world. There will certainly be opportunities to learn from and help each other, wherever our members live.
As for any community, there will be some things that are relevant to you and some things that are not.
We have added groups for some countries for members to talk about issues that only affect residents of that country. This makes it easier for you to find this information at any time. It is also a way to find friends who live closer to you.
MDM Rewards, which is a significant benefit for Premium Members, is currently only available to Australian members.
Can I promote my business in the MDM Club?
Yes, you are welcome to promote your business (including charities and not-for-profit organisations) if you are a Business Member.
Personal Members, who join for free, are not permitted to promote a business for commercial purposes.
If you have further questions before deciding to join us as a Club Member, then please click on Help in the menu.
Remember, it is free to join as a personal member. So why not jump in and have a look around.
The MDM Club is for you if…
You want to participate in the community and make friends
You need support and advice when facing problems
You want to be informed about disability issues
You live with disability
Or perhaps you prefer to say you are disabled, or that you have a disability. Whatever your preference, this is the community created for you.
You are a family member or carer
You are a parent, sibling, child, partner, friend or carer of a person who lives with disability. Whatever the relationship, this community is also for you.
You have an interest in disability
You work in the disability services sector, or perhaps have an interest in disability issues for any number of reasons. You are most welcome in the MDM Club.