Acceptance Speech Celebrating Abilities Award
Thank you John Meissner from Options for Independent Living for nominating me. I would also like to thank my network of
friends in the Fox Valley area and throughout the Country who help me every day
with advocacy and my website DisabilityVoice.com. A special thanks to my Family, Home Care Nurses,
and Care Staff for all your support and encouragement. Without them I would not be able to
accomplish my goals.
Famous Basketball Coach John Wooden said “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with
what you can do.”
And Theodore Roosevelt said,
“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust
and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and
again; … but who does actually strive to do the deeds; … who spends himself in
a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high
achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring
As people with disabilities we should not assume others will solve our problems. Neither can we consider our problems
unsolvable. As people with disabilities we must voice our needs, desires, and even dreams. Whether it is going to college, starting a website, riding a horse, or independence, our dreams are no less than of those without disabilities. No doubt many of us need help reaching our goals or may need to be more realistic with our goals. What’s important is to not be limited by preconceptions of disability. We must strive for our goals and dreams in the spirit of the signers of the Constitution, the Wright Brothers, and Martin Luther King. They would not abandon their dreams despite what others around said.
Pastor Robert Schuller said, “Great people are ordinary people with extraordinary amounts of
I would also like to add, everyone keep going and never give up.
Thank you Celebrating Abilities for this wonderful award.
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