Co-founders Daniel and Gage in a gym, having fun while working out.

Founding and Early Days (2019)

Co-Founders Daniel Caridi and Gage DeDominicis began volunteering in fitness classes for people with disabilities in Darien, CT. Shortly after, they started hosting weekly classes, focusing on bringing fun and inclusivity to fitness.

Daniel outside watching his friends walk across an obstacle course.

Pivoting During COVID

The onset of COVID-19 halted all in person classes. Caridi and DeDominicis adapted by hosting Zoom classes that grew to 100+ participants per session. The digital shift revealed key insights into accessibility barriers, such as transportation and caregiver costs, inspiring the creation of an online platform to bring these activities directly to people with disabilities.

Gage with boxing gloves on, smiling at the camera.

Expansion and Diversification

Kibu expanded beyond fitness to empower people with the skills and confidence to become more independent in all parts of their lives. The platform offers fun, bite-sized classes in fitness, life skills, community engagement and job development in an inclusive environment. This growth was complemented by the addition of tools for disability providers, including data management, note taking, and attendance.

Co-founders Daniel and Gage facing the camera smiling.

Vision and Growth

Our goal is to continue to provide high-impact content and tools to support individuals and disability providers. All of our work is grounded in a commitment to community, accessibility, and the empowerment of individuals with disabilities in an effort to shape a more inclusive future.