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

Source: National Disability Institute

Having a dream for your future and the chance to achieve it is a promise that truly makes America the land of opportunity. If you or someone you know has an American dream they want to achieve, National Disability Institute wants to hear about it.

Today, National Disability Institute is proud to launch its 4th Annual My American Dream – Voices of Americans with Disabilities Video Contest.

NDI want to hear from individuals with disabilities across country 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, National Disability Institute encourages people with disabilities to share their goals and show that all Americans want the same thing – a piece of the American dream.

In keeping with their mission to build a better economic future for all people with disabilities, the contest prize package will help the grand prize winner take steps toward living his/her American dream.

One Grand Prize Winner will receive:

  • $1,000
  • a digital tablet of his/her choice (*See Official Rules for details)
  • Sessions with a mentor to help the winner take positive steps toward achieving his/her dream 

To enter:

  • Create a video no longer than three (3) minutes in length that shares your American Dream.
  • Upload your video to your YouTube Account. Don’t have one? Signing up is easy and free. Visit
  • Send NDI your video’s URL, your full name and phone number by Sept. 9, 2014 to
  • America will vote and select a winner from five (5) finalists beginning Sept. 29 2014.

To learn more about National Disability Institute’s My American Dream – Voices of Americans with Disabilities Video Contest and for a complete list of submission guidelines and contest rules, go to See videos from past winners and finalists, such as last year’s winner, Lucia Rios, who is working toward her dream of writing a book and being mentored by award-winning National Public Radio journalist and author Joseph Shapiro. Follow contest news on the website or join the conversation on Twitter @RealEconImpact and hashtag #NDIdream and on Facebook at

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