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Break Through Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Disabilities, Disabled Persons Rights, Education, Educational Services

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

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.


Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.