Resources for caregivers raising children with disabilities - DAMES Charities Inc.

by Admin | April 7, 2021

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We at AAPPD love to share new resources and community groups as we are made aware of them - DAMES Charities Inc. (you may know them as the Differently Abled Mothers Empowerment Society) has been around for several years in Arizona, but just launched a great new website. Check out some information about DAMES Charities Inc. below and spread the word on this great resource for caregivers!


DAMES Charities Inc. aims to reduce caregiver burnout and build the resiliency of caregivers of children with disabilities by providing them with easy to access tools that focus on mindfulness, education, self-care, and community.

The DAMES Charities Inc. contents are accessible to all caregivers and located at Those contents include roadmaps, webinars, organizational tools, and eight 12-day fitness programs. Caregivers can create a membership so they can track their progress on roadmaps and in the fitness programs.  

The goal of the team at DAMES Charities Inc. is to stem social isolation by creating social events, programs, and retreats for caregivers. They also provide educational webinars and tools on one website, so caregivers aren’t overwhelmed, going from website to website, trying to find the resources they need. In addition, they have also created roadmaps to help parents navigate different Arizona systems like DDD/ALTCS and Arizona’s Early Intervention Program (AzEIP).

DAMES Charities Inc. board members have all been affected by disabilities. Several of their members are parents of a child with a disability or have family members affected by disabilities. President, Michele Knowlton-Thorne, has two children diagnosed with Autism and founded DAMES LLC in 2018 with a mission to help mothers within her community. Vice President, Dr. Ficchi, is a disabled woman whose doctoral thesis - “What Role Does Disability Play?” will guide DAMES Charities Inc. programs and direction moving forward. Filling out the board is Board Chair Illyssa Tussing, Secretary Courtney Deere, Matt Wells, and Staci Neustadt.


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I need help with daughter recently mived from Washington to AZ. I can not get anyone to helo me with CORRECT paperwork. Can you help or refer mecto advicate?

Annette Wolfe - July 8, 2021

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