The Neighbors LGBTQIA+ support group launched in January

The Neighbors LGBTQIA+ support group launched in January, and after two energizing meetings, the group plans to meet once a month on the last Sunday of the month.

This month, we welcome Griffin Smith for discussion and question/answer. Griffin will share her story…one of a challenging childhood and difficult teen years. She came out in her 20’s and turned a difficult past upside down. Since then, she has pursued her personal mission of supporting and advocating for LGBTQIA+ youth, as well as youth who are aging out of the foster care system. Griffin has offered dozens of young adults the resources, the tools, and the parental love needed to flourish personally and professionally.

7 facts about Americans with disabilities

There were nearly 40 million Americans with a disability in 2015, representing 12.6% of the civilian non-institutionalized population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Yet the share of Americans with disabilities varies widely across demographic groups and geography. (The Census Bureau’s American Community Survey defines disability status through six types of questions measuring serious difficulty with hearing, vision, cognition, walking or climbing stairs, as well as difficulty with self-care and independent living. Other surveys with different definitions have estimated that a considerably larger share of Americans have disabilities.)