About Orange Socks
Orange Socks knows that there is no greater pain in your heart than the knowledge that your child will be born with a disability, 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 you to it is our job.
What We Do
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.
Learn What You Can!
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.
Meet Our Amazing Team
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.
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.
Sound Editing & Composing
Eric Robertson is a music producer and composer. He has 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.
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 physical, but would also be one 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 in 1979, 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.
Orange Socks Sponsors
We acknowledge the generous contributions of our sponsors who make Orange Socks possible. Learn more about these wonderful organizations!