About Us

You are understandably reading this because you are trying to literally gulp down all the information you can on a situation you never expected to be in.

And you’re doing the right thing. It’s important for you to acknowledge your emotions. The shock first, then the denial and even anger is all normal. If you child’s diagnosis came in-utero we encourage you to get all of the information you can before deciding to abort your child or not.

Read or listen to the stories on this website, or speak with someone who has been through the same thing. This can put you inside a room rather than looking through the window.

This is why Orange Socks exists:

Orange Socks is an education and advocacy initiative of RISE, Inc. a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to support those who have received the news that their baby has a disability or lifelong condition. And, the most important thing you can receive is education from other parents. With knowledge and resources, you will come to realize that there might be heartbreaks with this situation, yes, but also, you will be blessed to receive all the rewards, joys and happiness your child brings. You will see that you are going to enjoy your child in the very same way any new parent would, besieged with all the gifts that come with that unconditional love only a child can give. Learn as much as you can and as soon as you can. Ask lots of questions and never be afraid to get a second opinion.

Doing research is important as well, because there are various types of disabilities from Down syndrome, and Autism, to some of the lesser known ones including Rett syndrome and Mirocephaly. While research is important, connecting with other parents is vital.

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Gerald Nebeker – Founder, President

Dr. Gerald Nebeker is a social enterprise entrepreneur. He is an expert in nonprofit governance and is an advocate, researcher, and national presenter in the field of developmental disabilities. Dr. Nebeker founded the nonprofit organization, RISE, Inc. in 1987, and its initiative, Orange Socks in 2016, with the purpose of supporting and advocating for people with disabilities. He has served on multiple local and national nonprofit boards. Considered his most valuable and important accomplishments, he has been married to his wonderful wife, Laurel, for 32 years and has eight terrific children, the youngest of whom has Down syndrome.

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Rachelle Beagley- Creative Director

Rachelle Beagley joined Gerald’s team at RISE Inc. in 2012. Rachelle oversees Orange Socks’ media platforms, client outreach, and marketing. She lives in Texas with her husband and two children.

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Eric Robertson- Sound editing and composing

Eric Robertson is a music producer and composer. He as composed music for Tesla, Lagoon, Reebok, Digitech, and Wendy’s. His band New Shack has had its music placed on MTV and Bravo Channel. He resides in Provo Utah with his wife and 3 kids.

Our whole mission at Orange Socks is to be there for you.

Our whole intent is to guide you from a resources page to a forum for parents…from the links to national organizations to providing you with support where the expectant parent can be linked with a parent who has a similar situation and diagnosis. We are there to support and encourage you.

Orange Socks knows that there is no greater pain in your heart than the knowledge that your child will be born with a disability or lifelong condition, or diagnosed with one at a very young age. And it is with tremendous humility that we look forward to helping you face this challenge. Even as your heart is heavy, there’s light at the end of every tunnel. Getting to it is our job.

Orange Socks is Right By Your Side

So never be afraid to ask for the help you so desperately need. Let Orange Socks travel that road with you to prepare you for the thoughts and emotions you never thought you’d have in your lifetime, as well as educate you to the different challenges parents are facing and guide you along the road to being rewarded with that wonderful child you are caring for.

Realizing that having a child with a disability is a life-long opportunity for the whole family, including siblings, Orange Socks has positioned itself right by your side. Use us, cry with us, laugh with us and that light at the end of the tunnel will find you.

Why Orange Socks?

A common question we get at Orange Socks is “Why do you call yourselves Orange Socks?” Here at Orange Socks, we wanted to develop a symbol that would not only be visible, but would also be a symbol that people would embrace and wear with pride. Many different ideas were considered until one day we learned the story of a mysterious woman who was murdered and discarded off the side of the road. She had no identification on her and the only distinctive thing about her was that she was wearing orange socks. That was 40 years ago and to this day, law enforcement still doesn’t know who she is and simply refer to her as “orange socks”. To us, her story is symbolic of people with disabilities and conditions who are discarded prior to birth because of the disability or condition. In her honor as well as those of whom we will never know, Orange Socks was born, to be the voice and advocate of unborn children with disabilities and lifelong conditions.