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 MDM Club has been created just for you
The FREE social network for the disability community
Find people who understand you.
Nearby and on the other side of the world.
Ask questions and get help when you need it.
Share your experiences to help others.
Hear about and learn through the experiences of others.
Read blog posts, forum topics and member updates.
Be involved in lively and important discussions.
Issues that affect you and many others.
About My Disability Matters
Dale Reardon, Founder
I am the founder of My Disability Matters (MDM). The MDM news site has been live and growing for a few months, and now it is time to add the MDM Club to the mix.
I want MDM to be your place to come to for information and advice on issues that are important to you.
I am 46 and have been blind since the age of 17. My seeing eye dog Charlie is 7 and is my fourth dog.
For a long time I have been involved in disability advocacy. I personally believe the disability community needs a news site as well as a place for discussion around disability issues with a community willing to share information and experiences. Timeliness of news and information is a real problem that I am seeking to rectify.
What you will find inside the MDM Club
There is something for everyone
MDM Club Forums
- Meet new people, ask questions and share your experiences
- Learn from the experiences of others
- Participate to make the MDM Club a great place to be
- You can post freely and instantly. If need be, anyone can report inappropriate content
MDM Club Groups
- Meet people who have the same interests as you
- Talk about country specific issues in your country’s own group
- Share information, solve problems and help each other
- New groups will be created as you need them
MDM Club Blog
- Any member can submit a blog post or video to be published on The Club blog
- 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
Hear from the experts
- Experts will be involved in the groups and forums to answer your questions
- Ask your questions and talk with those who deal with the system every day
- For example, get advice on choosing providers and managing your funding
- My Plan Manager will be in the NDIS group (Australia)
Do you have a business with 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
Is this really 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 are also selling 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.
Will there be lots of information to help me?
The MDM Club membership is new. It will take time for the community to grow and make the forums and groups busy and with lots of information to help you.
However as soon as you join you can start to chat to other members. It is the people who will 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 The MDM Club. The more people who join, the more participants there will be in the discussions to help everyone.
How do the forums and groups work?
Groups can be created for any specific interest group or topic.
At the start, Groups have been created for some countries, so that you can talk with other residents of your country about issues that are country-specific and have somewhere to go for that information.
We anticipate adding more and more interest groups as the Club membership grows. For example, for specific disabilities or issues.
Each group has a forum attached where members can ask questions and discuss related issues. Non group members will be able to read these posts, but not participate. In addition, groups include a facility to chat more informally with the group members.
There are also some forums that are not attached to any groups. The main one being for general disability discussions. We expect a lot of activity will be here.
We have another forum for you to introduce yourself and encourage you to do so when you join.
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 personal Wall, in the forums, 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.
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.
The MDM Club is for you if...
You need support and advice when facing problems
You want to be informed about disability issues
You want to participate in this community
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.