Personal tragedy inspires AbleThrive Founder

NorCal SCI's co-founder, Nick Struthers, recently met Brittany Déjean, founder of AbleThrive, a one-stop platform featuring curated resources for living well with a disability. 

Brittany Déjean

Brittany Déjean

These resources are curated from blogs, organizations, hospitals and companies around the world, organized and delivered to the users based on their specific needs. 

Brittany has been talking to various medical and rehab facilities to educate them about the capabilities of the web site and how it can make search for relevant content easier. 

The site's inspiration was Brittany's dad, Paul Martin, a quadriplegic as a result of an automobile accident in 1998 that also took the life of his son and her brother.  Yet, Martin now enjoys living completely independently.   AbleThrive's extensive collection of videos, articles, products and services is designed to help families live well with a disability.  Based on your abilities and interest, you can customize the type of content you would receive, so we encourage you to check out this resourceful site.

EDITOR'S NOTE:  The Berkeley Spinal Network's July 13th meeting will feature Brittany who will be the guest discussing her organization and how it benefits our community.  The meeting is held at the Ed Roberts Campus located at 3075 Adeline, Berkeley.  Feel free to pop in at anytime between 6-8:30 p.m.  Additionally, if you're unable to attend in person, a live webinar/phone conference line will also be open for anyone to call in and join the conversation or ask questions.  The line will open at 6:30 p.m. and you may call (415) 655-0381 use access code: 649-375-826, press#.  To view the event in real-time, you may visit us at  For more information, contact Tom Shankle at (415) 205-3882 or