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  

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: 5 stars  

Ben speaks with experience through his own journey. He is passionate in his support of and opening of doors for dis-abled folks. He has provided cousel for parents and direct support to young people. He is authentic in his presentations and displays his passion for advocacy for those with disabilities.

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

Attending events at which Ben was a sopeaker. I was at the beginning pof Break Through and experienced the commitmeent and passion of Ben Anderson doing what could have been seen as the impossible. I recruited him to speak at church youth gatherings.

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

The commitment and passion of Ben and Dee Anderson. They are real! The story of Ben's life is well told and powerful.

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

caring and compassionate, knowledgeable and committed to the issues regarding the acceptance and encouragement of disabled persons, [articularly youth.

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

reach hundreds of families with disabled children with encouragement, support and financial help as needed,and major distribution of Ben Anderson's writings and CD's.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I worked closely with Ben for the first ten years of Break Through Inc. As co-presenter or observer, I have seen him present on many occasions. He really "delivers the goods" in that he tells his story in a sometimes humorous, impactful, and spellbinding fashion, as other reviews will attest. While his work is helpful to all ages, his presentations appear to have a particularly strong effect with younger adults who have not heard the story of a person with a disability told so personally and dramatically. In addition, his insight-producing consulting and in-service presentations have helped adults learn how to work in more effective and respectful ways with persons with disabilities. He's an effective and dynamic professional in the field of disabilities education and training.

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

Church camp settings, public school settings, university classroom settings, in-service education in banks and churches.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

It has been my pleasure to be associated with Break Through. Director Ben Anderson is able to be particularly helpful to everyone needing to know more about disability awareness. His presentations come from his own life experience as a person born with cerebral palsy. Ben's courageous perserverence in education accomplished a BS in Vocational Rehabilition, which puts him in a unique position to help our culture with understanding and direction.

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

One is the impact on youth campers at Wapo Summer Camp in Amery, Wisconsin where Ben has made weekly awareness presentations for a number of years. His disability awareness relating is part of the personal knowledge of thousands of Mpls/St Paul youth

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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3 people found this review helpful

Break Through Inc. is a non-profit organization providing educational workshops and media for and about people with disabilities. It was founded in 1980 in Minnesota by Ben D. Anderson who was born with cerebral palsy. I have traveled with Ben D. Anderson and have heard him speak and give workshops and presentations to parents, educators, young students and the general public around the U.S. The organization provides a positive and supportive educational forum for advocacy and inclusion for people with special needs. I was enthused the first time I heard him present a full day of workshops- so much so that a year after (when he proposed to me) I married him and we have been married for almost 5 years now. He and his organization is the heart and soul of inclusion and education.

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

multiple forums from K-12 schools, university classes, educational conferences, presentations to organizations about people with disabilities

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

give it more public exposure so they know about what is available to educate others about inclusion of people with disabilities

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

the positive reviews from parents and educators about Break Through's workshops and presenations and media.

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

provide many more educational workshops and therefore give much needed positive guidance to parents and educators.

Ways to make it better...

there was more time.

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

public awareness of what the mission is : "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."

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

Sensitivity, awareness, inclusion for people with disabilities is an ongoing task and needs to be addressed by education from a person with a disability. Many people are still unaware that people with special needs are part of their community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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