Broward College North campus
Early childhood education Student
Coconut Creek, Florida
I am a 42 yr old Broward college student living in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida. I was formerly diagnosed with ADHD, Scoliosis, and Chronic spasms in the early 80's, high functioning Autism, and Osteoarthritis most recently! I joined the Best Buddies family 3 yrs ago as a club member, then moved up to Buddy Director for a year, and was about to be named club president when it was decided by our program director at the time, that our club would be shut down for lack of interest! So she decided to recuit and train me to become one of her Local Student Ambassadors instead. Since then I have been working tirelessly to spread the word about best buddies everywhere I go. I am responsible for bringing in two Elementary & three Middle Schools in to the Best Buddies family. I have also participated in our local public libraries living library, where I alone represented Best Buddies. Everytime, I attend a school job fair for myself, I still talk to company's about joining the Best Buddies jobs program and supporting the message of Inclusion! I attend the Miami walk every year and have even walked with and spoken to Anthony Shiver himself who is just as nice and friendly in person as he is on video. He is always open to new ways and ideas of spreading the Best Buddies word of Inclusion. Being a part of this organization has become a big part of my life, as you can see. I did not have anything like this when I was a child growing up in Brooklyn, NY! Or the kind of support system that Best Buddies creates! I had to fight for everygoal I ever reached, even being told by others that would probably never be smart enough to do anything more than become a pan handler on the streets. Now 40 yrs later with the support of Best Buddies, the help of Vocational Rehabilitation services, and the support of my family and friends I am halfway to graduating with an AA degree from Broward college, becoming a teacher for special needs children! My ultimate goal is to prove that no matter what anyone says we can't do, I will become the proof that anything is possible, no matter what or who trys to hold them back. The massage in my class will be "Yes I can make make my dreams come true, shoot for the stars, or be whoever or whatever I want to be, as long as I continue to work at it and never give up, no matter what anyone else says I can't do!" "I CAN DO IT, I CAN MAKE IT, I CAN DREAM AS BIG AS I WANT, BUT WHAT I CAN NOT DO IS GIVE UP OR LISTEN TO ANYONE THAT SAYS I CAN'T!" This is because I will be the living proof to my students and their families that Yes their greatest dreams can be achieved if they are willing to work for it!