Adaptive Sports

Jon Erickson, Innovator of Online Programs for People with Special Needs

Joins AbilityPLUS Adaptive Sports Board of Directors


For More Information Contact

David Hauser, Executive Director

800-287-8415 x102;


MANCHESTER, NH-Jon Erickson, an entrepreneur and technology executive who pioneered online services for people with special needs, has joined AbilityPLUS as a member of the organization's board of directors. His daughter, Karly, participates in the AbilityPLUS program at Attitash, NH.


"Our entire family, Kristin, Grant, Karly and I, actively participate and volunteer in the AbilityPLUS programs and services. I'm pleased to take my involvement to an even greater level," said Erickson, a resident of Scituate, MA. "We know first hand the inspirational work AbilityPLUS does for children and adults with special needs and I look forward to advocating for the organization's growth so its programs and services are available to even more families throughout the Northeast."


Jon and his wife Kristin co-founded Parlerai Inc., the world's first Augmentative Collaboration service. The web-based service provides online collaboration technology services, social networking and assistive communication services for families with children having special needs.  He is the managing partner of Big Yak Technologies LLC, offering business and technology development to clients in the commercial real estate, financial services, insurance, aerospace and information security industries. He also co-founded and serves on the advisory board ofOnCorps LLC, a community of technology veterans committed to bringing innovative technologies into the mainstream.


"AbilityPLUS and the hundreds of people we serve will benefit greatly from Jon's energy and initiatives as a member of our board of directors," said David Hauser, AbilityPLUS executive director. "Our organization is only as strong as its people and we're strong because people like Jon give of themselves so other's lives are enriched by our programs and services."


Prior to starting his own companies, Jon was a Venture Partner of Fidelity Ventures. He has also served in various IT executive roles including chief network architect of Fidelity Investments in and chief technology officer of COLT Telecom'sEuropean Internet business.


AbilityPLUS offers access to athletic and recreational opportunities for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities to create freedom, promote independence, support inclusion and help those individuals and their families discover their full social, emotional and athletic potential. AbilityPLUS is a 501(c) 3 organization and serves people with all manner of physical and developmental disabilities. AbilityPLUS is partnered with the Wounded Warrior Project, Disabled Sports USA, and proudly serves people with autism across the spectrum. For more information about AbilityPLUS, visit or call (800) 287-8415.




>Return to Press