In the beginning…

…Deborah Anderson and Pat Deegan began PDA as a consulting company. We are both psychiatric survivors living in recovery, and we traveled around the world lecturing and training on recovery and the empowerment of people with psychiatric disabilities. By 2005, we realized that personal appearances, lectures, training and videos could only go so far. We began to explore how to create recovery oriented tools and technologies that trained staff in vivo and that helped to get a message of recovery and hope to an even wider audience of peers. In collaboration with Professor Charlie Rapp and the good folks at the University of Kansas, School of Social Welfare, CommonGround was birthed in October of 2006, and we have been growing ever since.

We think of ourselves as...

... a small band of disruptive innovators who are mission driven and who strive to make a difference in the lives of people with psychiatric disabilities. We create tools, training and technologies that support the recovery of people with mental illness. We have fun, we love what we do and we give it our all…