About Us

Woman in a wheelchair and friend holding sign that reads: The Ability Toolbox. Constructing a better life.

Our Mission

The Ability Toolbox is a lifestyle and self-help community for people with disabilities, chronic illnesses, and mental health conditions. We support one another by sharing “life hacks” for surviving and thriving despite the barriers society and a broken health care system throw in our way. We support artisans and small business owners with health conditions by giving them a platform to promote their work. We pay professional writers with health conditions for their work, and also offer volunteer opportunities for writers and non-writers who want to share their experiences and insights.

We are a social enterprise, which means we are a business, not a charity, but our company serves the greater purpose of promoting accessibility, inclusion, and justice for all. At The Ability Toolbox, your voice matters, and we always put the needs of our community first.

We hope you’ll join us in building a life beyond limits.

Our Founder

Karin Willison and service dog Aria.

Karin Willison is a writer, editor, and disability advocate with over 20 years of experience working in media and managing online communities. She spent six years as a Senior Editor at The Mighty before launching The Ability Toolbox. Karin uses a wheelchair due to cerebral palsy and is a domestic violence and violent crime survivor. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, attending musical theatre and live music events, and training her four dogs.

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