As a child, I spent quite a bit of time at the Scottish Rite Hospital. My family has a genetic disability that is relatively unknown. Because of the nature of their research and specialist doctors, it made sense that we spend time there. As a result, I grew up around many children and young adults with disabilities. It was never really something I gave much thought to, just other kids that I saw from time to time.
In college, my fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon provided me with the opportunity to volunteer each year for the Special Olympics. I felt a deep connection to those amazing athletes, and decided that the non-profit world would be my life's work. I accepted a position to work with the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Corpus Christi upon graduating in the spring of 2006.
After spending two years with the MDA, I joined an amazing group of people at Opportunity Village. It was here that I learned the importance of continued programming for adults with disabilities. These life-long learners need programming that support their learning styles and differences in pace. I love that organization so much, but it was time to move back to Texas and make a difference in my community.
I joined My Possibilities in April of 2010. The 1 1/2 year old organization had an amazing vision, dedicated leaders, and growing community support. I was fortunate to be the one to grab ahold of that momentum and ride the wave all the way to this project, the MP College Campus.
Adults with disabilities deserve an educational experience beyond the public school system. For somebody with average or above average intelligence, this continued education path may be 4-8 years. For somebody with a cognitive disability, this may take much longer than that. Does that mean they don't deserve the chance? Absolutely not.
Join the MP College Campus campaign and help us develop the first ever college campus dedicated to adults with special needs of all ages. Give them the same opportunity that every other individual has, the chance to learn and grow as an individual and to become a contributing member of his/her community.
The My Possibilities College Campus will provide a comprehensive college-style educational environment for adults with cognitive disabilities. It will include the following opportunities for our HIPsters "Hugely Important People."
- Social skills & general education facility
- Independent Living Skills training facility & Respite home
- Performing and visual arts training facility: Education for music, dance, drama, and the visual arts
- Recreation Center: Includes a gym/workout room and basketball court
- Performance Hall: Space for drama/music performances, community events, and corporate training
- Therapy Center: providing speech therapy, music therapy, occupational therapy, counselling, and behavior planning
- Culinary Arts Training Center: Commercial kitchen & classroom, providing training in the restaurant industry
- Cafe/HIPStore: A community cafe and gifts shop, allowing the greater public to interact with our program daily
The MP College Campus will provide daily education to an estimated 350 students per day, and will be the first educational campus dedicated to life long learning for adults with disabilities of all levels.