I just had the opportunity to experience an incredibly motivating and inspiring presentation by Tyler of Waterloo, Iowa.
Tyler was discussing the need to
engage in Ability Awareness. Ability Awareness involves
"recognizing what a person, any person, CAN do is much more important than what
he/she can't. Many people have disabilities, of some sort, to difering degrees.
But much more importantly EVERYONE HAS ABILITIES."
Tyler is a sophomore at Hawkeye Community College. He has a
yellow belt in karate. He was in his Waterloo West High School's marching band. Tyler played
a lead role in the Waterloo Community Theater. Tyler is an active young man . .
. and Tyler has cerebral palsy.
Tyler is a person who doesn't
discuss what he can't do. He concentrates on what he CAN do. Tyler earned his
eagle scout and created the 7-minute video, I'm Tyler, as his eagle project (click here or on the image above to watch
this video.) He and his family distribute DVDs of this video. They have shipped over
6500 DVDs. They don't actively market the video, but they have had requests from
all 50 states and over 20 countries and US territories. This is a message that
needs to be shared.
Tyler has been honored by receiving
the National CEC "Yes, I Can" award; UCC National Disabilities Minstry Award and
the Iowa CASE "Tyler Student Achievement Award" scholarship. He has spoken at
conferences across the country. This is a message that needs to be shared. Visit his
"Ability Awareness is looking past
the disabilities to the Abilities. It's Acknowledging Challenges, not obstacles,
and find the accommoddations to conquer them. It working as a Team to reach a
Common Goal . . . SUCCESS!!!"
Tyler has a dream . . . to change the
world and the way it
interacts with people
with disabilities . . . to the world of CAN.
Too important not to share
- Please take a moment and watch this video, I think it will give everyone a chance to see what the Denver Area Council is trying to accomplish.I enjoy working with all of you so much, but you will see after watching this video, why I work so hard for the Special Needs District and watch the boys I work with grow! Dang, I LOVE my job!!YES WE CAN!God Bless.Karen Mansfield