1. NDI’s My American Dream Contest - Website of the Week

    National Disability Institute’s annual My American Dream – Voices of Americans with Disabilities Video Contest encourages people with disabilities to share their American dreams via video for a chance to win $1,000, a digital tablet, and sessions with a mentor to help them take steps toward realizing their dreams.

    2013 marks the third year we’ve held our My American Dream Video Contest and this year’s finalists need your votes!

    Videos poured in from across the country, representing a wide range of states, ages and American dreams. The five 2013 finalists selected by an independent panel and available for America’s vote include:

    • Brennan Heider of Green Bay, Wisc.
    • Ken Moore of Crystal, Minn.
    • James Perdue of Gallatin, Tenn.
    • Lucia Rios of Holland, Mich.
    • Garrick Scott of Atlanta, Ga.

    Visit dream.realeconomicimpact.org today to view the 5 finalists and vote for your favorite!

  2. NDI Launches 3rd Annual My American Dream Video Contest!

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    National Disability Institute is proud to announce the launch of its 3rd Annual My American Dream - Voices of Americans with Disabilities Video Contest today.

    We want to hear from individuals with disabilities across America about their American dreams and the steps they are taking to achieve them. Whether it’s landing a dream job, starting a career, owning a home, going to college, starting a business or taking steps toward financial independence, we encourage people with disabilities to share their goals and show that all Americans want the same thing - a piece of the American dream.

    ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive:

    • $1,000
    •  a digital tablet of his/her choice*
    • Sessions with a mentor to help the winner take positive steps toward achieving his/her dream 

    *See Official Rules for details

    To enter:

    1. Create a video no longer than three (3) minutes in length that shares your American Dream.
    2. Upload your video to your YouTube Account. Don’t have one? Signing up is easy and free. Visit YouTube.com.
    3. Send us your video’s URL, your full name and phone number by Sept. 10, 2013 to mydream@ndi-inc.org.

    Be serious. Be funny. Be creative. Take a look at videos from previous finalists. Some are fancy. Some are straightforward. It’s the story that matters.

    After the entry deadline, five finalists will be selected by an independent panel and then America will have an opportunity to vote and select the winner by viewing and voting on the official contest website beginning October 1st.

     Visit http://dream.realeconomicimpact.org today for full contest rules and the latest news about the contest!

  3. "What Can YOU Do?" Video Contest - Website of the Week →

    Screen shot of What Can YOU Do Video Contest Page - Click to visit

    DEADLINE: March 30, 2012

    Can YOU promote positive change and challenge misconceptions about disability employment? Enter the What can YOU do? Video Contest sponsored by the Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE), a national collaborative effort funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.. The contest seeks compelling videos that reflect the diversity of skills that people with disabilities add to America’s workforce and economy, challenge misconceptions about disability and employment, and/or highlight employers’ inclusive programs and practices.

    The CDE will recognize videos in up to three categories.

    • What Can YOU Do? (General Public Category)
      Entries must be about 60 seconds in length and should appeal to a broad audience. Potential themes may include, but certainly are not limited to: focusing on ability and promoting positive change by challenging misconceptions about the skills and talents of people with disabilities; the diverse skills and talents of people with disabilities; the benefits of an inclusive workforce to society; and the correlation between disability and innovation. The key theme: At work, it’s what people CAN do that matters.
    • What WILL You Do? (Youth Category)
      Entries must be about 60 seconds in length and should either be produced by youth or appeal to a youth audience. Potential themes may include, but certainly are not limited to: why work is important to a person’s identity; inspiration for youth with disabilities to achieve employment goals; the importance of expectation in helping young people set high expectations for themselves; and the value of mentorships and/or work-based learning experiences. Key theme: Businesses need people who can think differently about how to solve problems and get the job done. What will YOU do to become tomorrow’s leaders, or mentor future leaders?
    • What ARE you doing? (Employer Category)
      Entries may be up to three minutes in length and should highlight effective disability employment practices in action. Potential themes may include, but certainly are not limited to: disability as part of diversity; return-to-work for people with acquired disabilities; the aging workforce; the value of a workplace culture inclusive of disability; and flexible work arrangements/customized employment. The key theme: Good workplace policies and practices for people with disabilities benefit everyone and make good business sense.

    The goal of the contest is to encourage film makers to produce videos that reflect the diversity of skills people with disabilities offer, challenge common misconceptions about disability and employment, and remind everyone that at work, it’s what people CAN do that matters. Winning videos will be used to encourage employers and others to recognize the value and talent people with disabilities bring to the workplace.

  4. First Coast Woman Wins Americans with Disabilities Contest | First Coast News →

    Moira Rossi, the winner of National Disability Institute’s 2nd Annual My American Dream Video Contest, was featured on Jacksonville’s First Coast News in the weekly “Hero Central” segment. First Coast News came out to the surprise announcement to cover the story, as well as interview Moria. Visit the First Coat News site to view Moria’s Hero Central segment.

    Screen shot of Moira Rossi's video on the First Coast News website 

  5. The Votes are In: Moira Rossi is the Winner of the 2nd Annual My American Dream Video Contest!

    NDIs Michael Roush with Moira Rossi, winner of our 2nd Annual My American Dream Video Contest

    NDI’s Michael Roush with Moira Rossi, winner of our 2nd Annual My American Dream Video Contest

    On Wednesday, Moira Rossi, a 24-year old Jacksonville resident, was announced as the winner of our 2nd Annual My American Dream Video Contest, which touted a grand prize of $1,000, an iPad2 and sessions with a mentor. Moira’s video was about her passion, acting, and her dream to become a star. View Moira’s entry: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhQ-sNN2Vm8

    To announce Moira’s win, NDI teamed up with her mom to arrange a surprise announcement at a weekly self-advocate meeting Moira attends at the University of North Florida. Not only did we surprise Moira with her win, but we also surprised her with a great mentor - RJ Mitte, star of AMC’s “Breaking Bad” joined the event via Skype to inform Moira that he would be her mentor! RJ is no stranger to disability as he is an active advocate and has Cerebal Palsy.

    The surprise was captured on video - check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NBYDchgGQ8

    We are so excited to award Moira the grand prize and to support her as she makes her American Dream a reality!

    Read more about the announcement:

    Official Press Release

    Huffington Post

    Florida Times Union

  6. Time is running out! Enter the My American Dream Video Contest Today!!

    What’s your American dream? Is it to go to college? Own the perfect mobility vehicle? Become a home owner? We want to hear your stories!

    To enter the My American Dream - Voices of Americans with Disabilities Video Contest, all you have to do is make a video (3 minutes or less) that tells the story of your dream and how you plan to achieve it.

    You have until 11:59 pm EST on Sunday September 18th to send us a video. That’s two days!

    Spend your weekend making a video. You don’t need fancy equipment - any video camera will do - even a webcam or cell phone camera! This contest is about your story, not your editing skills. 

    Five finalists will be chosen and America will have the chance to vote for their favorite video. One Grand Prize winner will receive $1,000, an iPad2 and sessions with a mentor to start you on the path to making your dream a reality!

    Visit http://dream.realeconomicimpact.org today for more info and official contest rules.

  7. How can you turn the upcoming 3-day weekend into $1,000?

    By entering the My American Dream Video Contest! Spend your extra day off making a short video to tell National Disability Institute your American dream! Use any camera you have - a laptop camera, even a cell phone! This contest is about sharing stories, not the quality of the video production. Share your dream and let your voice be heard!

    More info at http://dream.realeconomicimpact.org/

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  8. My American Dream - Voices of Americans with Disabilities Video Contest

    National Disability Institute presents My American Dream Video Contest

    National Disability Institute is proud to announce the launch of its 2nd annual My American Dream - Voices of Americans with Disabilities Video Contest.

    We want to hear from individuals with disabilities across America about their American dreams and the steps they are taking to achieve them. Whether it’s owning a home, landing a dream job, going to college or starting a business, National Disability Institute wants people with disabilities to share their goals and show that people with disabilities want what everyone wants - a chance to live their American dreams.

    National Disability Institute not only wants to hear about the American dreams of people with disabilities, but also wants to help those dreams come true. In keeping with our mission to build a better economic future for all people with disabilities, we’ve created a prize package for the contest that will help the grand prize winner take solid steps toward living his/her American dream.

    ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive:

    • $1,000
    • an iPad 2
    • Sessions with a mentor to help the winner take positive steps toward achieving his/her dream

    Screenshot of 2010 Winner Kenzi RobiTo enter, contestants need to create and submit a three-minute video (no longer, please!) by Sept. 18, 2011 that tells their story and shows the steps they plan to take or the steps they are taking toward their American Dream. Be serious. Be funny. Be creative. Take a look at last year’s finalists. Some are fancy. Some are straightforward. It’s the story that matters.

    After the entry deadline, five finalists will be selected by an independent panel and then America will have an opportunity to vote and select the winner by viewing and voting on the official contest website, with the winner being announced by Oct. 20, 2011. Visit http://dream.realeconomicimpact.org today for full contest rules and the latest news about the contest!