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National Disability Institute Launches 4th Annual My American Dream Video Contest

August 6, 2014
Source: National Disability Institute (NDI)

National Disability Institute (NDI), the first national nonprofit dedicated exclusively to building a better economic future for people with disabilities, kicked off its 4th Annual My American Dream – Voices of Americans with Disabilities Video Contest today. The 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 make those dreams a reality.

“Like all Americans, people with disabilities strive for and are working tirelessly toward realizing their American dreams,” said Michael Morris, executive director of National Disability Institute. “National Disability Institute launched the My American Dream Video Contest to help raise awareness that having a career, starting and running your own business, succeeding in college, purchasing your first home and achieving financial independence are the dreams of all people.”

“The powerful stories shared by people with disabilities entering NDIs My American Dream Video Contest highlight the amazing dreams people have for their futures and underscore the need for us to continue to work to ensure people with disabilities can achieve greater financial capability and have access to the economic mainstream to live those dreams,” Morris added.

To enter, contestants must create and submit a three-minute video by September 9, 2014, that showcases their personal story and the steps they are taking or plan to take toward achieving their American dreams. Videos can be straightforward, funny, creative or serious. The approach is the contestants choice as long as their stories shine through, as seen by previous finalists.

Following the entry deadline, an independent panel will select five finalists. America will then have a chance to view the five finalist videos beginning September 29, 2014, and cast their votes for the grand prize winner on the official contest website The contest winner will be announced by or before November 10, 2014.

To learn more about National Disability Institutes My American Dream – Voices of Americans with Disabilities Video Contest and for a complete list of submission guidelines and contest rules, go to Follow contest news on NDIs or the official contest website or join the conversation on Twitter @RealEconImpact and hashtag #NDIdream and on Facebook at

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