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I Have a Dream: Creating your Life Portfolio

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“Never give up and never say I can’t.”
- Xochiote, 5th grade - after Mentoring Day & Career Expo
“I want to be a policeman.”
- Max, 1st grade, wheelchair user - after Mentoring Day & Career Expo
“You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, 'Why not?'.”

- George Bernard Shaw, Critic - Playwright - Essayist
“Anything is possible.”
- Belladini, 5th grade - after Mentoring Day & Career Expo
“Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.”

- Gail Devers, 3-time Olympic gold medalist in Track & Field
“Dreams are like stars...if you follow them they will lead you to your destiny.”
- Author unknown
“We all have different dreams, we all don’t have to have the same dreams. If someone says to you, ‘you’re too short’ or something, you should say ‘I don’t’ care’ because we’re not all going to be the same.”

- Ayoa, 5th grade - after Mentoring Day & Career Expo
“All you have to do is focus and your dream can come true.”

- Asad, 4th grade - after Mentoring Day & Career Expo
“The greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it.”
– Epicurus, Greek philosopher
“I want to be a dentist.”
- Alondra, Kindergarten, wheelchair user - after Mentoring Day & Career Expo
“I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

- Jimmy Dean, Actor
“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”

- Dale Carnegie, American lecturer - Author
“The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.”

- Sven Goran Eriksson, Swedish football manager
“Beauty is: passion. The internal excitement that resonates form one person when they expose a small part of their soul to share their dreams with the world and create hope where there might not be otherwise”

- Todd Vanderhoogt, TiLite
“Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.”

- George Sheehan, American physician - Author - Running enthusiast
“No barriers and no excuses. No obstacle is too great to be conquered...You decide how you're going to draw meaning from the challenges in your life.”

- Kyle Maynard, Author of “No Excuses: The True Story of a Congenital Amputee Who Became a Champion in Wrestling and in Life.”
“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success...”
- Swami Vivekananda, Indian spiritual leader
“Wisdom is the secret to beauty, found mostly on rugged paths not easily traveled, also found through hardship that builds character...”

- Scottie Somers, Hurley Living The Dream Foundation
“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.”
– Mark Victor Hansen, Motivational speaker - Author - Marketing maven
“The most beautiful rainbows often follow the most horrific storms. When people reach the moment of discovery that the beauty of life is in its path then they begin to live on higher ground...”

- Peter Wilderotter, President & CEO of Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
- Herman Cain, American businessman - Author - Motivational speaker

Make Your Own Mark in the Workforce & Society!

In celebration of Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) held each year on the third Wednesday of October during National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)...

The Southeast ADA Center announces the pilot project,
I Have a Dream: Creating your Life Portfolio,
to introduce and expose students with and without disabilities and their parents, through the arts and music, to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) along with the myriad of education and career options available to them beyond their K-12 educational years.

The innovative pilot project consists of three components:

  1. Career Expo and Mentoring Day
  2. Parent Engagement Week
  3. Exceptional Children's Week

All project activities will be systematically documented and placed into a curriculum format to share across the region and nationally. The curricula will include resource materials with relevant and current information in best-practices, capacity building, resource development, and coalition building.

More: Project Background