Our Programs

EmpowHer Camp

EmpowHer Camp is a multi-stage skill-building, empowerment, and mentoring program that brings a diverse group of girls with disabilities (ages 13 -17) to camp with successful disabled women mentors in the Adirondacks for one week to learn about disaster preparedness and basic survival skills, while also developing independent living and leadership skills. The girls will be invited to Washington, D.C. the next summer for a reunion trip to explore how they have grown as leaders, meet with leaders in emergency management and the Disability Community, and meet with Congress to discuss inclusive disaster preparedness. During the year between the first trip and the reunion trip, the girls will create a yearlong local project involving inclusive disaster strategies.

EmpowHer ROC is our Rochester-local monthly group meet up for disabled girls and women (ages 10-21). One weekend afternoon a month girls with disabilities participate in an activity where they have the opportunity to connect with peers and mentors, learn or develop skills, and have fun. Events are free and girls with disabilities in the Rochester area are encouraged to attend. 

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EmpowHer Stories Blog

EmpowHer Stories is our collaborative blogging program with the Christopher & Dana Reeves Foundation. The blog program amplifies girls and women with paralysis who have a story to tell and want help developing their story. We select three submissions each month to develop into blogs which are published on the Christopher and Danna Reeve Foundation website. Writers are supported through the writing and editing phases and are paid upon publishing of their piece.

A Letter from a Role Model is our introductory mentoring initiative that matches girls with disabilities (ages 8 -18) with a successful disabled woman to write them a letter of encouragement! Adults can nominate a disabled girl to receive a letter from a mentor or she can nominate herself by telling us about her background, interests, and struggles. Disability EmpowHer Network then matches her with a successful disabled woman who will write a letter sharing her own struggles and successes, and plenty of words of wisdom!

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