The Disability Intersection
The Disability Intersection started with a vision. Concerned that the way disability is seen as negative in society causes preventable hurt, we set out to provide a place where both disability and ability are accepted and celebrated. We feel that the disability community has not been encouraged to come together and support each other. At the same time, parents, partners and other support people have not been given much that focuses on both disability and ability in a positive way. We believe this support is critical and changes lives. Based on our personal experience with disability and our macro social work skills, we provide support and consultation to the following people: disabled people and supporters, parents raising disabled children, professionals who want to grow in their disability related skills, and organizations who would like help with growing programs from a disability rights and justice perspective.
About Our Founder
Lara Minges, MSW, CARSS I,
CFNC has been passionate about disability issues since 2003 when she discovered disability rights and the disability activism community. This changed her life and helped her feel stronger about herself, her disabilities, and her capabilities. In 2011, she became sick with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. This was severe and life changing. It taught her about the overlap of disability and chronic illness in a way that nothing but experience can. It has been quite a journey to live with and manage. As a result, she cares about people with POTS and the wider chronic illness community and is now a certified nutrition counselor with a chronic illness emphasis.
She also holds a Musikgarten early childhood music and movement teacher license for babies through age seven, certification as an Adaptive Recreation and Sports Specialist from Blaze Sports America and CircleTalk for seniors group facilitator certification. Lastly, she earned certificates in both working with veterans and their families from Ohio State University and a Trauma Informed Clinical Foundation Certificate from the University of Buffalo.
While varied, each of these has been carefully chosen for its philosophies and contributions to The Disability Intersection when combined with our framework.