Gabriela McCall Delgado Creates An Organization To Connect People With Disabilities

Editor’s Note: Gabriela might have had a learning disability and ADD, but she was very intelligent, extremely interested in science and research and knew she could excel academically even though she had some challenges to overcome. Today the website she created and developed, We Connect Now, reaches high school and college students all across the United States and has been visited by people from more than 80 countries around the world. Part 2 of a 5 part series.

Gabriela knew there was a better way for people with disabilities to find success in college and beyond.

Gabriela knew there was a better way for people with disabilities to find success in college and beyond.

Whether you have a disability or not, we all like to be around people who understand us. Realizing that she had some special needs, Gabriela began to search the internet to try and find colleges and universities that had  services and programs for people with disabilities. She discovered there was no central place that people like her could go for information on higher education and employment issues. She also begin to look for colleges and universities that offered scholarships, jobs or internships. She realized that if she was having problems discovering this sort of information that other high school students and college students were having just as difficult a time.

As Gabriela reports, “In high school, I began to formulate the idea of We Connect Now, a website I created to provide information to young people like me all over the world about higher education college programs, employment, events, news, stories, blogs, laws, and pending legislation that affects those with disabilities. This way college students who have or have had physical, mental and/or emotional challenges, can talk to each other and share problems and solutions they’ve discovered to those problems.” Since Gabriela was bilingual, she wanted the webpage to serve Spanish and English speaking countries. Gabriela began to dream and brainstorm ideas about this website that would reach out to so many people.

Gabriela was awarded a scholarship to Juniata College of Environmental Science in 2008, in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania because of her thorough environmental work. That same year she created the We Connect Now website (www.weconnectnow.wordpress.com). She also received seed money in the form of a grant from YP4 (Young People For), a long term leadership development initiative that identifies, engages, and empowers the newest generation of progressive leaders. It focuses on identifying young people who are campus and community leaders today, engages them in the broader progressive movement and empowers them with the knowledge, strategies and skills they can put to work to promote positive, sustainable change in their communities. YP4 was started by People for the American Way and for over 30 years, this organization has invested in young people through campus activities, leadership training and career development.

The We Connect Now logo stands for uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting people with disabilities, with particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment issues. Photo source.

The We Connect Now logo stands for uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting people with disabilities, with particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment issues. Photo source.

Please visit the We Connect Now national Facebook page for more information and updates. You can also follow We Connect Now on Twitter and watch our We Connect video on YouTube.

Next: Gabriela McCall Delgado’s We Connect Now Website Goes International

About the Author: For the last 12 years, John E. Phillips of Vestavia, Alabama, has been a professional blogger for major companies, corporations and tourism associations throughout the nation. During his 24 years as Outdoor Editor for “The Birmingham Post-Herald” newspaper, he published more than 7,000 newspaper columns and sold more than 100,000 of his photos to newspapers, magazines and internet sites. He also hosted a radio show that was syndicated at 27 radio stations; created, wrote and sold a syndicated newspaper column that ran in 38 newspapers for more than a decade; and wrote and sold more than 30 books. Learn more at http://www.nighthawkpublications.com

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2 Responses to Gabriela McCall Delgado Creates An Organization To Connect People With Disabilities

  1. Pingback: Gabriela McCall Delgado Doesn’t Let Her Learning Disability Stop Her « UroMed Catheter Health Blog

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