by Ross Yellin

My name is Ross Yellin, I am 29 and I live in Old Bridge, New Jersey and I am the founder of the Disability Allies. I have been diagnosed with Tourettes Syndrome, Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. In 2010 I was accepted into the American Association for People with Disabilities (AAPD) internship program. At the internship program I lived with 30 young adults with a large variety of disabilities including autism, bipolar disorder, learning disabilities, people with physical handicaps, loss of hearing and sight.

Even though we all had completely different disabilities we were all able to relate with each other on a deep and personal level. We all struggle to fit in and adapt to society, make friends and find appropriate accommodations and advocate for ourselves. It is safe to say that my disabilities in conjunction with the summer internship program have inspired me to connect with other people who deal with the same challenges as myself. I have created the Disability Allies to integrate young adults with and without disabilities together in a social environment.