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To be an optimist and help others to know optimism is a reality. We all have the sun in the morning and the moon at night even if we have "plenty of nothin'"

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That I love, help and respect others.

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See other people accomplish their goals and what makes them happy.


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Break Through Inc.
September 1, 2010

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.


The Great!

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

Ways to make it better...

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

More feedback

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?


Board Member & I travel with Break Through's main educator presenter and have first hand knowledge of these education workshops by talking with parents, families and educators.