About Us

Our Mission

Connecting young adults and teenagers with and without disabilities by hosting events and building lasting relationships.


Our Vision

Creating a more accessible community in which we bridge the gap between individuals with and without disabilities.


Where are we located?

Disability Allies is a non-profit organization that provides services to the New Jersey and the New York City and Philadelphia metropolitan area.


Our CEO

My name is Ross Yellin, I am 27 and I live in East Brunswick, New Jersey and I am the founder of Disability Allies. I have been diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome, Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. In 2010 I was accepted into the American Association for People with Disabilities (AAPD) internship program. At this internship I lived with 30 other young adults with a large variety of disabilities including autism, bipolar disorder, learning disabilities, and physical handicaps. Despite our different disabilities we were able to relate to one another on a deep and personal level. We all struggled to fit in and adapt to society, make friends and find appropriate accommodations and advocate for ourselves. I found a lack of services that catered to fostering interpersonal communication for youth with disabilities. This motivated me to create Disability Allies in order to connect young adults with and without disabilities in a social environment.


What is a Mentee?

Our events are planned to help Mentees socialize in a fun environment. Mentees are individuals who attend the event to meet and build relationships with others for support and guidance. Our goal is to enable our Mentees to become more comfortable in social settings and create lasting friendships at our events.

To become a mentee you must do the following:

  1. Sign up HERE to be notified about our events.
  2. Check out our Events Calendar and sign up for the event that you want to attend. You can attend your first event for free.
  3. Check out our memberships HERE. You may be able to obtain a free membership.

What is a Mentor?

At Disability Allies, we rely on Mentors to provide a fun and safe social experience for our Mentees . Mentors are those who attend events to provide guidance to Mentees. They help the Mentees at the event interact and ensure participation in the activities. Each Mentor gets paired with one Mentee during our events, but our goal is to create a lasting bond that goes beyond that first encounter. We recommend that individuals who would like to be mentors are confident in their interpersonal skills and ability to encourage mentee engagement.

To become a mentor you must do the following:

  1. Sign up HERE to be notified about our events.
  2. Check out our Events Calendar and sign up for the event that you want to be a mentor for. Specify that you want to be a mentor when you register.

Coaching Services

We provide the following services to individuals with disabilities on a one on one basis. Read more about these services HERE

  • Job Coaching
  • Volunteer Coaching
  • Social Coaching and community integration
  • College or Trade school assistance and preparation
  • Life Skills

Services for Disability Organizations

The Disability Allies can provide the following services to nonprofit organizations that have programs for individuals with disabilities.
Read more about these services HERE

  1. We can run a Recreation Program where we connect the consumers at a Day program with mentors from local colleges
  2. We can enhance your current recreation program by recruiting mentors at local colleges to attend your events
  3. We can plan a “Transition to College Day” where we invite your consumers to a local college and pair them up with the students. At this event we will run different student run workshops to help them with the process of transitioning into college

How you can help

There are several different ways to be involved with the Disability Allies. You can become a volunteer, join our Board of Directors, apply for a job, start a student chapter, or become a mentor at our events.
Learn how to get more involved HERE