bTizzyCool new disability-related websites are popping up all the time, but one to definitely check out is bTizzy, a new online marketplace and community for artists and artisans with disabilities. With everything from handsome pens made from old bullets, to artisan olive oil, to jewelry, bTizzy is in many ways an Etsy for the disability community, only it offers much more. The site currently hosts a number of disability-oriented podcasts, event listings and resources. Perhaps more importantly, bTizzy makes a real effort to work with and help its artists and artisans. “We want to economically empower the disability community,” says Vanessa Lopez-Kopp, bTizzy’s director of communications. The site explains the origins of the unique name by saying it was chosen “Cuz we’re making such a big deal about disability we’re in a tizzy.”

That goal has been at the fore since the site was founded by Nikki Zimmerman, the mother of a child with a disability, this May. She saw the void of employment opportunities for people with disabilities and created bTizzy to help do something about it. bTizzy commissions work from artists and artisans and distributes their products. It also licenses artwork from people with disabilities to appear on marketable products. Visitors to the site can purchase individual p