Break Through Inc.

Rating: 4.81 stars   21 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
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 41-1383931
715-554-2739
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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  

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.

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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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2 people found this review helpful

I work for a company that is a website for persons with disabilities. Last year I had the opportunity to meet, through our website, Ben and Dee Anderson and our organization purchased a few copies of his book to give out at our holiday giveaway. I also bought one for myself, because I was intrigued with his story and wanted to learn more. I was very moved by the book that I read and the journey this wonderful person had undertaken. I loved the fact that the book was written in such a manner that you felt you were almost just having a conversation with Ben about his experiences. Because of his "no airs" approach I really feel it is a story that anyone could relate to. You can't help but want to cheer Ben on through the obstacles that he has faced. I have the utmost respect for individuals who rise above adversity with this determined spirit to want to reach out and help others, and I only hope I am fortunate enough to meet Ben and Dee in person some day.

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

What I have read on their website and all the times he has reached out to help educate others.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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5 people found this review helpful

In June of 2008, our oldest daughter (then 12) came home from a week at Camp Lutherhaven in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She had learned a new word during her week away at camp: "disability." It's not that she was unfamiliar with the term, of course, but more that she'd never given it much thought. We have a close friend confined to a wheelchair, but as is the nature of children, our daughter always just sort of "accepted" the fact that our friend can't walk, and never looked further. But then she heard Mr. Ben Anderson of Break Through, Inc. speak at camp, and was deeply impressed by what was said. She talked about the presentation for weeks, and still mentions it to this day (two years later). The topic was reinforced by her camp counselor that year who used a walker, despite her young age. Our daughter came home with a much more mature understanding of human nature and the ability to see limitations as gifts and opportunities. I applaud Mr. Anderson’s efforts to increase awareness of the potential of those with disabilities by his campaign to teach those who may not have had much prior experience with disabilities.

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

No personal experience; only through our daughter's experience in hearing Mr. Anderson speak at summer camp.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-6-01

 
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