Purchasing products and services from business owners with disabilities allows them to achieve independence and self-reliance. It also encourages inclusion and the idea that all people have agency in our community.

The more “able” we see people with different abilities, the more common hiring them will become, just as the more universally accessible we plan our public spaces, the more likely those spaces are to be safe for everyone. Rather than separating work opportunities, entries to buildings and restrooms for people with disabilities, it’s better to create credible and safe job opportunities and public spaces for all.

Photo by Adam Lancer

Here are businesses owned by people with disabilities or chronic medical conditions.

Local to San Diego County

Blissful Seeds
14930 Gavan Vista Rd., Poway

All-natural and organic bath bombs and soaps created by individuals with Autism.

DeafBlind Potter
Potter Kelvin offers beautiful ceramics for home, a signature coffee and apparel with positive disability awareness messages, while raising awareness for Usher Syndrome type II.

Jeremy’s Vision  

Neurodiverse, intuitive artist Jeremy Sicile-Kira produces original paintings, cards, prints and expressionistic portrait commissions depicting your essence in color; includes a written interpretation.
Local to San Diego County. Email inquiries: sicilekira@gmail.com.

Joel’s Vision Arts
Local (San Diego County) author, speaker and artist with Autism creates books, videos and art. A portion of sales is used to fund art and music therapy for children with disabilities.

James Cerebral Palsy
Self-advocate with Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy teaches families about how to advocate for their children and to empower them to advocate for themselves. Available for trainings and speaking engagements.

MythicArt Designs
Email rebecca@5Siegels.com
Rebecca Siegel, who has learning apraxia, creates note cards, bookmarks, jewelry, and other crafts in her home and sells at events and via Shopify.

Moyo’s Wood Arte
Follow on IG @moyogazca
Handmade customized art and jewelry made from upcycled and repurposed wood, metal, natural stone and other materials. No two pieces are the same. Commissioned projects entertained. Located in San Diego County.

Moyo’s Wood Arte

Inclusion Art by Katie Flores  
Katie Flores, who is autistic, creates beautiful, vibrant, colorful work on canvas. Shop her art, tote bags, greeting cards and more on her website or on Etsy @InclusionArtByKatie. Located in San Diego County.

Inclusion Art by Katie Flores

Kevin the Baker  
Kevin Flores, who is autistic, has a passion for baking. His micro-business provides joy, purpose and a connection to his community. Contact Kevin for special orders and events. Located in San Diego County.

Reid Moriarty: Man with a Mic

Musician, front man for the band Jungle Poppins, public speaker, and host of Talk Time, Reid Reads, and Late in the Day with Reid and Friends. Subscribe on YouTube and shop on iTunes and Spotify. Resident of San Diego County. For booking, email andreamoriarty@mac.com.

Ready Stamps   
10405 San Diego Mission Rd. #103, Mission Valley

Full-service stamp manufacturer managed by UCP and run by adults with disabilities. On-site production in a variety of polymers leads to quicker service at a better price.

3609 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest

Creative arts program that provides inclusive access to art, culture and environmental education through the framework of a creative workspace. The gift shop offers handmade items created from recycled materials by 13 talented resident artists. More items available for purchase onsite than online. Their Contribution Center accepts good quality recyclables and new art supplies for use by artists.

Rolling with Me & Friends Book Series

Maggie Elizondo writes books that teach key concepts in disability etiquette and awareness. She is available as a public speaker and advocate for people with mobility challenges. Elizondo resides in San Diego County.

Soap Designs by Sydney 
Follow on FB @SoapDesignsBySydney
Environmentalist, soap maker and artist Sydney Pitcher creates one-of-a-kind specialty soaps for disability awareness and to support local charities, depending on the theme and occasion. Located in San Diego County.

Soap Designs by Sydney 

Sophie’s Gallery and Gift Shop

140 E. Main St., El Cajon

Handmade goods and art created by the members of the arts programs at St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center.

Sophie’s Too
(second Sophie’s Gallery location)
Located inside the St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center Bldg.2119 East Madison Ave., El Cajon

Businesses outside of San Diego County

Collettey’s Cookies
Bakes delicious cookies (also available in gift packs), creates jobs for people with disabilities and advocates for fair wages and hiring practices for the disabled. Located in Boston, MA; free shipping available worldwide.

John’s Crazy Socks
Fun and colorful socks, masks and other items from a company started by a man with Down Syndrome. 5 percent of all profits go to the Special Olympics. Located in Melville, New York; free shipping on orders over $50.

Purely Patrick
Patrick, a nonverbal man with Cerebral Palsy, uses assistive technology to make tasty mixes for soups, baked goods, hot drinks, dog treats and birdseed. Based in Stowe, Vermont; shipping available.

Pretty Sick Supply Co.
Started by two women with chronic illness, this website features a collection of stores that sell medical gear, supplies and accessories.

Reason to Bake 
Gluten-free cookies baked by a woman with Down Syndrome and her team. Flavors include chocolate chip, cranberry oatmeal, spicy ginger, peanut butter or lemon blueberry oatmeal. Located in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina; ships anywhere in the U.S.

Special Sparkle
Kelly Neville, who has Down Syndrome, and her mom Karen design and create jewelry. They are also public speakers for the National Association for Down Syndrome.

Stickman Communications

Badges, magnets, keyrings and wearable status squares (tiles informing others how the wearer feels or can participate). Designed by a person with POTS and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

Sweet Heat Jam Company 

Hot pepper jelly and condiments created by a young man with Down Syndrome from his homegrown peppers. Based in Leander, TX; shipping available.

The Unseen Bean
Fresh coffee beans in unique blends, including fair trade/organic, created by a blind Master Coffee Roaster. Based in Boulder, CO; free shipping on orders over $50 with code FREE50.

Emily Dolton is a resource specialist and mom of two boys, one with 22q 11.2 Deletion Syndrome.

Do you know of a business owned by a person with disabilities or a chronic medical condition that is not on this list? Email information and website to specialneeds@sandiegofamily.com for possible inclusion. Please put “ShopAble business” in the subject line.