Break Through Inc.

Rating: 4.8 stars   20 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Disabilities, Education

Location: 1761 Harmony Heights Lane, #105 Rapid City SD 57702 USA

Mission: Our mission is one of rehabilitation education and advocacy for and about people with disabilities to encourage and enlighten the public about people with disabilities in that they are people first and have rights and needs and that they also have gifts and talents to bring to the community. 
Results: Break Through Inc. has provided these educational formats for the past 30 years.  We are open to be invited to other countries to educate via workshops and written media.
Target demographics: We provide informational, educational workshops, keynote presentations for schools, parent groups, businesses, organizations, churches throughout the U.S.A. and Canada.
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 4000 to 5000 persons.
Geographic areas served: United States and Canada
Programs: presentations/workshops on disabilities, inclusion, bullying, special needs and staff training regarding persons with disabilities

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being involved in a conference workshop presentation directed towards special needs children

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

good and informative

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a wide variety of audiences. He speaks from the heart and works to connect directly with each person. He is especially good with young people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 3 stars  

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.

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from Guide Star

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2010-9-01

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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.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Hearing the many comments, reviews, and reading emails commending the work provided by Break Through Inc.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I get to meet and talk to wonderful people all over the U.S.A.-from Parents who are concerned about their child to educators who need information directly from a person with a disability to help teach their students.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

My staff is wonderful. They are the gifts that make my world tick.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Educate more people with our mission of rehabilitation education and advocacy for and about people with disabilities to encourage and enlighten the public about people with disabilities in that they are people first and have rights and needs and that they also have gifts and talents to bring to the community."

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a conference setting where there were multiple people talking about disabilities.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Seems pretty good to me the way it teaches now.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It was an inspiring day.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very nice and well informed

Ways to make it better...

I could have stayed longer and heard more.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their books, lectures and workshops for professionals and families of children with disabilities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have had general education teachers read his book and get a better understanding of what it is I am talking about when it comes to my students and why I do what it is I do.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make his book a required study for ALL college students studding to be teachers; General education and Special education.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the willingness and ability to continue contact and conversation with everyone. I wish I could talk to him on the phone more but I am so grateful for facebook.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the view of expectations of students and specially of those with disabilities for the world.

Ways to make it better...

had more time...but the conference had to come to an end eventually.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

gathering information

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

having Ben talk to 5th grade students each year about disability awareness.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the great privilege of Ben making presentations to our Church family (Faith Lutheran Church, Seguin, Texas) and to the clients of my agency (Caldwell County Adult Probation) over the years. Through his presentations, I have witnessed the heightened awareness, sensitive, and Christian compassion gained by Ben connecting with his audience. He has great skills as a speaker and educator. Marvel Maddox, Sept. 28, 2010, Seguin, Texas

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

observing Ben's presentations and through follow up discussions with my Confirmation Sunday School students along with comment sheets submitted through an evaluative process of probationers required to attend victim impact panels where Ben spoke.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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