I've seen Ben at several venues including the MEGA Conference (sponsored by the Wyoming Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities) and he is awesome. Not only is the message 100% on point but nothing is so believeable nor so persuasive when it comes from a person with a developmental disability. "If I can do it, you can too!"
I enjoyed his workshop at an early childhood conference on special needs children. Very motivating for me and he gave me sense that I can now help my students.
Ben has always impressed me with his positive and caring attitude. He openly shares his personal experiences in an honest and direct way that motivates his listeners to treat others with greater respect. He is warm, caring and genuine.
I am a Nigerian living with disability but upon this challenge, i finished my university degree program and served my country in the mandatory youth service program after graduation. But can you believe that i am still unemployed after four years of my graduation. I strongly believe in my abilities to do a lot of jobs, please extend your hands of fellowship to Nigeria and see that there is ability in disability.
Thank you for your comment and review. Hopefully people all over the world will see the "abilities" that other people may have. You too have talents that should give you gainful employment and a happy life. Everyone needs to be included.
Review from Guidestar
In 1978 I had a dream about helping people to knock down walls about their disability. I am very pleased this day to be able to travel and sit down with folks on a one-to-one basis and talk to them about my disability. Many times I find out they have a hidden disability and they talk about being made fun of and being misunderstood. After we get done they realize that they are not alone in that everybody has a "disability" and we must educate others not to prejudge. It has been my honor to be able to serve in this capacity as an educator to help the general public to realize that people with disabilities have gifts and talents. They are people first. My wife Dee and I thank all that read this and the many people that have supported us with Break Through Inc. for these past 32 years.
I happened to attend a conference for parents of children who had disabilities in North Dakota. I was impressed by the person who was talking about his experiences growing up in the 1960's when his disability was little understood by the educational system and general public. His name is Ben Anderson and he is part of this Break Through non-profit. I would love to hear him again. His story was very educating and it left me with a better understanding about disabilities and mostly about the people that are sometimes left by the wayside and not befriended because of misconceptions about their disability.
Ben was a guest lecturer in my graduate level SPED professional and family partnership class. His life story completely mesmerized my students. Many of my students later told me that Ben's story more than moved them - it changed them. Ben taught my graduate students something that classes filled with textbooks could not - how to walk in the shoes of a thriving individual who has spent a live time with a disability.
I met Ben at a National Paraeducator Conference in Salt Lake City, UT. He is just an amazing guy and with all of his struggles through his life he has created this great non profit and tool for others to learn. But not only for other adults to learn but a tool to teach with. I might work with students who might not get what Ben is doing but we have helpers in the classroom that do. I love using his story to help them understand you don't pity those in my classroom and you never under estimate them either. I think every teacher should read his book and hear him speak. Being part of the Special Needs area I strongly feel it should be a requirement.
Ben has been a long family friend and educator for over 20 years. Through the years we have worked closely with Ben sharing stories and experiances. He has a wonderful way of educating children and adults through sharing his years of gathered information and knowledge. Break Through Inc. is a large asset to all of us who work in the field with those who have disabilities.
I met Ben about 30 years ago when I began teaching. We had Special Education in common. He with disabilities and I facing day to day teaching of regular 5th graders who needed more understanding for disabled children in our class, school and community. Ben was gracious to come to my classroom each year and talk to my students about the struggles he had in school. He answered any question they had about disabilities and his disability. He won them over with his wit and frank talk. He gave the students ideas for helping, connecting and seeing each other as equals. I still hear from students who remember "Benny" and his message of Good Will.