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Thursday, December 3 • 1:20pm - 2:10pm
My Personal Journey into College LIMITED

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Informing Families, a project of the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council, is producing a mini documentary about Dylan's pursuit of a college education, a lifelong dream for Dylan and one of the final civil rights hurdles for individuals with developmental disabilities who continue to fight for full inclusion in all areas of life.

I will talk about the long process to be admitted into The Evergreen State College located in Olympia, Washington. It started when I was 19 and I am now 32 years old. With the help of my community college, private tutors and three years with a non-profit organization called KOKUA , who provided me and others students personal tutors from Evergreen, and the direct support from an Evergreen faculty, I was able to be admitted as a part time student. Slow and steady, I will prove I am capable of becoming a full-time student. Patience and resilience. That's me!

OBJECTIVES: As a result of this session my presentation will provide others living life with a disability an example of what is possible when you build a team around you that says YES to your dreams. In addition, I hope professionals, providers and family members will raise the bar of potential and possibilities for others living life with a disability. Sometimes it takes a pioneer like myself to go first before others dare to follow. I want to inspire others and give them some examples of what worked on my journey to college. If my presentation inspires even one new person with a disability to consider post-secondary education as an option, I have achieved my goal. Another result of my session is to get others inspired by my tenacious way of living life. I never give up on my dreams. Never say Never! Keep trying and reach for your dreams. When told no, hear this as a motivator to try a different way to get what you want. Another learning objective is to encourage others to believe in the possibility of INCLUSION and be inspired to find ways to be included in their communities.

My personal YES team includes an accomplished filmographer who has documented my college journey. It is with great pride that I will be showing this documentary film. Those attending my session will not only hear my words but begin to feel the journey. It shows the ups and downs, happy and sad. I was brought to tears and laughter and felt enormous excitement when I was finally admitted. Showing the film is another way I have embraced being an example for others. Changing people's attitudes and expectations about people living life with a disability is a hard, yet important responsibility. Don't let the struggle define the outcome.

Thursday December 3, 2015 1:20pm - 2:10pm PST
Salon D 1401 SW Naito Parkway Portland, OR 97201

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