Meet 2017 Johnson & Johnson Health Fellow Brittany Déjean, Founder of AbleThrive



Posted by globalgoodfund on May 31, 2017

Happy Wednesday, and welcome to the 3rd installment of "Social Entrepreneurs - They're Just Like Us!". Meet 2017 Johnson & Johsnon Health Fellow Brittany Déjean, Founder of AbleThrive.

2017 Johnson & Johnson Health Fellow Brittany Déjean is a world traveler, Harvard graduate, social entrepreneur and the Founder of AbleThrive. AbleThrive is a one-stop platform featuring curated resources for living well with a disability. AbleThrive is using technology to solve a global problem; there are millions of articles, videos and resources online to support how to live well with a disability and provide support, but there are barriers to accessing this life-changing information. Their user-centric approach leverages technology to filter and deliver resources based on the user's specific situation, fostering a collaborative, empowering environment. Learn more about Brittany and her social enterprise below.

An Interview With 2017 Johnson & Johnson Health Fellow Brittany Déjean

Q: What inspired you to start your social enterprise?

A: When I was 12 years old, my dad and younger brother were in a car accident. My brother was killed and my dad was paralyzed. The only reason i survived that is because people around us showed us that my dad had a future as a quadriplegic. He now lives completely independently, drives himself to work everyday and even danced with me at my wedding. There are people all over the world with that disability or some other disability and their families who sit in their homes and think that they have no future. There are tons of resources to support and show what’s possible, but they’re buried all over the internet, and people don't even know what to put in a search bar. If Netflix can tell us what movie to watch next, there's no reason to leave families like mine to figure everything out on their own.

Q: What was the most important lesson you learned as a child?

A: There's a silver lining in even the most trying and challenging moments, and that life is precious.

Q: If you could take a #selfie with anyone who would it be?

A: Ellen Degeneres.

Q: What your theme song?

A: Everyday is a Winding Road by Sheryl Crow.

Q: How do you want to be remembered?

A: I want to be remembered as someone who used the experiences of her life to benefit others.