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Jeff Byron first became familiar with Abilities United in 1969, when his sister, who has a developmental disability, was a participant of the organization. Since then, services for people with disabilities have come a very long way. “The biggest transformation has been from institutionalization, which was the typical approach until the 1960s, to mainstreaming and […]

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Noel & Michael Pino: it’s a family thing: By Abilities United

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Michael Pino dedicates much of his life to taking care of his brother Noel, a big-hearted man in his 50’s who is developmentally disabled. Michael has a simple, clear view of how Abilities United fits in with his life. “Abilities United enables a family to function with a normal workday, and enables me to pursue […]

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A Poem: I am the Disabled Child

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I Am the Disabled ChildI am the child who cannot talk. You often pity me. I see it in your eyes. You wonder how much I am aware of…I see that as well. I am aware of much…whether you are happy or sad or fearful, patient or impatient, full of love and desire, or if […]

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Mary Doten: Five decades worth of life’s greatest experiences: 50 Years of Abilities United

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Mary Doten with her husband Stan As a high school student in the late 1960’s, I became involved with children with special needs when my mother offered my “sitting services” to a friend of hers. I would look after Jimmy, who was four years old, and the youngest of three boys. His parents had a […]

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Strongest Dad in the World

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Eighty-five times he’s pushed his disabled son, Rick, 26.2 miles in marathons. Eight times he’s not only pushed him 26.2 miles in a wheelchair but also towed him 2.4 miles in a dinghy while swimming and pedaled him 112 miles in a seat on the handlebars – all in the same day. Dick’s also pulled […]

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Karen Denny: 26 Years with Abilities United: Families, Lives, Society Transformed: By Abilities United

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In 1986, Karen Denny began an impressive 26-year career with Abilities United that has enabled her to help some 500 families with children who have disabilities. Karen speaks humbly and factually about successes at Abilities United that, to the rest of us, are nothing short of miracles. “We’ve had children who were told they would […]

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Peter Leung finds inspiration, shares passion, at dream job: By Abilities United

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Abilities United is all about the abilities, not the disabilities. Just ask Peter Leung, who lives with cerebral palsy, holds a BA in kinesiology and has had a successful 21-year career as a staff member at Abilities United.  After two decades, Peter still loves working here. “I’m so excited to be here,” he says. “It’s […]

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Dr. Harry Hartzell remembers 50 years of Abilities United & services for people with disabilities: By Abilities United

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Fifty years ago Dr. Harry Hartzell, a pediatrician at the Palo Alto Medical Clinic, learned that his newborn child had severe disabilities. Subsequently, he and his wife discovered that a group of parents had started a program at a local church for young children with developmental disabilities. They enrolled their son Ben and found the […]

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It’s a New Year!

It’s been a year since WorldWeDream revamped with their new website and goal in mind! And the results have shown. This past year, we were able to Write and share almost 100 stories. Compile stories from Grace Community Center into a book known as Holding Hope 35 video resumes with Via West March Story Writing […]

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The Wrestler: By Shubhankar Jain

“And on the championship mat for the 106 pound weight class, we have Kelsee Chen from Gunn and Matthew Rondo from Healdsburg!” the announcer’s voice rung loud and clear throughout the gym. At the lowest weight class, I wasn’t sure what to expect of the wrestlers. The wrestlers walked onto the mat. The girl Kelsee […]

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If I Had a Usual Child

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Sometimes I think to myself: If I had a “usual” child what would my daily schedule be? I would wake him up in the morning and rush him to brush his teeth and get ready for school. I would ask him what he wants for lunch and if he took his books, notebooks, pencil box. And then, I would send him, wishing him […]

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The Story of Mrs. Hsieh

Hellen Hsieh, successful owner of Design Loft, dedicates her free time to Abilities United as their volunteer Art Curator. In addition to selecting, preparing and framing the original works of art, she also spearheaded Abilities United’s participation in the Silicon Valley Open Studio tours (SVOS) as well as dozens of other Bay Area venues to showcase […]

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Abilities United’s 50th Anniversary!

WorldWeDream and Abilities United have partnered to celebrate Abilities United’s 50th Anniversary! For Abilities United’s 50th Anniversary, as an organization devoted to helping those with disabilities, they are working with WorldWeDream to document the experiences of 50 different people to create 50 different stories. By December 2013, the year of Abilities United’s 50th Anniversary, both […]

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Lynda Steele, Director of Abilities United

Having been born temporarily deaf and having witnessed the deviant life of her aunt, Director of Abilities United, Lynda Steele seems to have had a connection to those with disabilities from the very beginning. Her first exposure to the idea of the disabled was when she was categorized as “slow” during her primary education due […]

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Stories Update!

Over the past months, WorldWeDream has received countless stories to share with the thousands readers all over the world. We appreciate the community’s involvement in spreading WorldWeDream’s learning around the world. With the stories that all of you have submitted, we’ve been able to inspire an amazing 14,000 people and counting. However, this number can […]

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Inspiration: About Wendy Kuehnl

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Photo courtesy of 10binary Wendy has grown up to be an inspiring and life-changing individual to many people in our nation. She grew up in Wisconsin, where she was born and raised as a child and student. Wendy then pursued an education in the 1960s, and then moved onto high school, where she started to […]

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Upcoming collaboration with Cupertino’s United Nations Association!

WorldWeDream is currently in the midst of collaborating of a new, special, event to shed some light on the struggle that people with disabilities undertake in developing nations. We won’t share too much, because that’ll ruin the special-ness of it! However, keep your ears perked and eyes open! WorldWeDream hopes to involve the local community […]

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Blessing : By Cathy Zakedis

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Blessing: a favor or gift bestowed by God, thereby bringing happiness. 9 years ago today, I was given a surprise blessing from God. I didn’t understand this blessing. I felt completely incompetent to accept such a blessing. I asked the “why me?” questions. Then I came up with this brilliant thought, God must want me […]

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Words And Meanings : By Bhuvaneswari Ramkumar

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 Photo Courtesy of Pranav “But you have to quit, this is getting insane”, I complained to my mom. After two decades of  being a school-teacher, she had risen through the ranks to become the principal of well-reputed  school, a reputation she helped build brick by brick. She still wanted to continue. It became a  compulsive […]

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Joni by Lenora: Holding Hope

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Changeling Dance Theater’s Performance at Disability Awareness Day

WorldWeDream and Grace’s partnership created Holding Hope, the famous book that can be found on your homepage. Changeling’s Dance Theater was so inspired by Holding Hope that their dancers, people who are both with and without disabilities, created an amazing dance routine to show on Disability Awareness Day at San Jose City Hall! Watch it […]

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Disability Awareness Day

Arriving in my coat and slightly creased jeans, I wasn’t sure what to expect of this day. I knew it was the 5th Annual Disability Awareness Day at City Hall. Yet, after living in San Jose for almost 16 years now, I hadn’t heard a word about this amazing event. The first things I saw […]

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Cindy’s Story: Holding Hope

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Intense Feeling by Kim: Holding Hope

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Holding Hope

Grace Community Center and WorldWeDream’s book, “Holding Hope” has just been sent to the printers! Keep your eye out for a few pages from the book! At the end of this all, we’ll publish the book on the site for everyone to enjoy!

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Linda’s Video Resume

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Trapped by Kim: Holding Hope

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We’re looking for Sponsors!

Hello Readers! I am writing on behalf of WorldWeDream and The Friends of Grace. WorldWeDream and The Friends of Grace are publishing a book with art and inspirational & compassionate stories from people of all ages and all abilities. This will help build an integrated community by empowering people with differing abilities to overcome barriers […]

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Kathy’s Story Continued

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Jenni’s Video Resume

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Abilities United Aquathon

This past Sunday, the WorldWeDream team visited Fremont High School to help document the amazing activities taking place at the Abilities United Aquathon. Arriving at the pool, my team and I could see countless people swimming laps back and forth in the pool, each one representing a team of people attempting to raise money for […]

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Holding Hope for Others by Kathy: Holding Hope

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One Week Left!

We have one week left until the opportunity for submissions of stories for our upcoming book with Grace Community Center will close! Remember the prompt: Write a story about a positive experience that you’ve had with a person with a disability and what you gained from that experience. Maybe you can be featured in our […]

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Sue’s Video

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The Aging Process: Holding Hope

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Patty’s Video

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Maria’s Video

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He is Normal: By Tracy Stroud

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Photo courtesy of johnny_automatic It was a strange day to learn since my ten years of living that I had a younger brother that I knew nothing about. Feelings of joy and curiosity over powered me. Many people would have been angry at their parents for not sharing this information with them but I guess […]

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Great America Booth: Disability Awareness Day

Check out our pictures from the booth we held at Great America! It was amazing and we had a lot of fun at Disability Awareness Day at Great America. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.332680103493336.77119.218117281616286&type=3&l=190ac88411 Like our pictures!

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Koumi’s Video Resume

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One of God’s Angels on Earth

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Photo courtesy of Peileppe Throughout all life’s obstacles and hurdles my younger brother has gone through and accomplished what most people that met him didn’t think was possible. My brother was born unique and has a wonderful personality if you get the chance to meet him and give him the chance to shine. Most people have […]

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Consetta’s Video Resume

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My Experience with a Disability: By Anonymous

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Photo courtesy of shutterstock.com True and yet to say to overcome something, whatever it be, you must endure with patience, TLC, and it seems formally congenial but the fact is damage that has been done has been done.  Where help is needed it is needed.  But self-assurance, along with motivation, and most of all, will, […]

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Michael’s Video Resume

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Noreen-My Light, My Angel: By Ruchika

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Courtesy of Elfwood Art In 2002, I was blessed with an angel whom we named, Noreen who was a special child having Holoprosencephaly- a very very rare disease where two hemispheres of brain are fused. It was a shock for the family. I was a happy go lucky fellow who never took life seriously always […]

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Abilities United Interviews: Update

Every week, WorldWeDream’s volunteer interns travel to Abilities United to interview clients, volunteers, staff, and donors of the wonderful program. With these interviews, WorldWeDream documents the amazing and inspiring stories of the Abilities United’s members. In the coming weeks, we will be publishing the inspiring experiences that our volunteers have the chance to hear so […]

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Don’t Mourn for Him: By Jahanvi Sardana

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Courtesy of Public Domain Images “Why is he like that?” asked the 7 year old innocent me. I was hushed that very moment. “You are not suppossed to say that?” I was told without any explanations. Even though I had a plethora of questions in my head, I managed coerce myself that there was nothing […]

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Andrea – Via West

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Unlimited: By Kushan Gupta

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Courtesy of Christliches Medienmagazin pro We’re all raised with the belief that everything has a limit and that it’s in our best interest to not push those confinements. I too was one of those believers and therefore I believed that those with disabilities are quite seriously limited in what they can do. In my eyes, […]

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MFP Disability Leadership Award

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Today, WorldWeDream and 5 other special members of the South Bay Area Community were honored at the San Jose Giants baseball game in commemoration of our hard work to assist people with disabilities. It was amazing to stand near first base on that grass field receiving a formal plaque. WorldWeDream has only just begun in its journey […]

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Jane Video Resume – Via West

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Sudha Chandran: By Veda Thirumandas

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Courtesy of SouthDreamz Sudha Chandran (age 47) is one of India’s most talented individuals to date who not only managed to touch the Indian society through many of her “avant garde” roles but also set an example of moving past a difficult disability and coming out even stronger. Chandran began her career as an accomplished […]

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Grace’s Writing/Art Workshop – August

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                          Yesterday, our team of volunteers went to Grace Community Center for a fun-filled, interactive, and inspiring workshop. We were able to add a several more stories and art pieces for our collection to be presented on Disability Awareness Day in October. Check […]

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India West Blog

Hi Everyone! We’ve started a blog in a new newspaper: India West. This newspaper is targeted towards Indian Americans living in the Bay Area and has thousands of subscribers. Check out our first blog post and reminisce a little by reading the story of WorldWeDream: http://www.indiawest.com/news/186-blog-The-WorldWeDream-Story.html Every week, WorldWeDream posts select stories in the Cupertino […]

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Stephen Hawking: By Srinivaas Sekaran

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   Courtesy of Science, Philosophy, and Technology From the dawn of humanity, humans have always strived to better understand the universe around us. Only a handful of individuals throughout the years have contributed significantly to the field of science and Stephen Hawking is one of them. Hawking was born to an eminent medical researcher in […]

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MFP Award Ceremony + San Jose Giants Baseball Game for Disability Awareness Night

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I recently got a letter in the mail to attend these awesome events! The first picture is an awards ceremony for the Disability Awareness Reward presented by MFP. Check it out and be sure to attend Disability Awareness Night at the San Jose Giants Stadium (You can get free tickets here: http://disabilityawarenessnight.eventbrite.com/). Hope to see some […]

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Regained Perspective: What Matters in Life: By Joanne Koong

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Courtesy of Geograph.org On perhaps the hottest day of September 2008, I was a freshman in high school and helping out with a local jogathon for elementary school-aged children. Even though the school year and high school had just started, I began thinking about where I wanted to be after the next four years of […]

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Not Just a Boy: Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy from Nick from nopsa In seventh grade, I was a referee for AYSO, a recreational soccer league. As I stepped onto the field, I noticed that one of the kids was different from the rest of the players. I still remember the pair of glasses that covered his eyes. He also was easily aroused by the […]

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Video Resumes at Via West

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A secluded camp near the Stevens Creek Reservoir has a single pathway that acts as its entrance and exit. With a threatening “Do Not Enter” sign, it seems almost unlikely that the road ahead leads to a wonderful place that helps people with disabilities all around the world. Yes, I’m talking about Via West’s Campus […]

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Shavonna Hannah

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Autism in Autumn: Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy from Exothermic Photos I was 7 when I met my uncle, Jimmy. At that time, I did not know he was born with autism. Although he was 6 years older than me, I sensed that he acted strangely, a great degree more than me. I would hear the word “autism” every now and then in […]

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Abilities United – 50 Years, 50 Faces

With my laptop in a blue sports bag and a fabulous idea in mind, I set off to Abilities United this week to set up a story capture system, similar to WorldWeDream’s, at Abilities United. With this story capture system, our new and fabulous interns will be able to interview several of the clients, volunteers, […]

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Disability Awareness Day

Disability Awareness Day is going to be taking place in October in City Hall and WorldWeDream will be running a workshop there this year! As many of the workshops we have run in the past, we will be telling our audience a little bit about WorldWeDream and asking them to write a story that narrates […]

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Misty : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy of AlicePopkorn One of the people who goes to my church, is a college graduate girl named Misty. She is currently struggling with lung cancer and lung problems. She has gotten a double lung transplant, necessary for her to stay alive, and has endured ever since. She has gone through numerous surgeries and […]

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First Intern Meeting

Today, our interns and I gathered for our first meeting together for introductions and for me to give them a first look at the journey that they’ll join me on for this summer. As I talked to them about my previous experiences, I was excited to have a dedicated and hardworking team of people joining […]

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Helping Those in Need: Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy from Daniele Garzia What started off as merely volunteering in order to attain my community service hours for school turned into a life lesson which shall resonate in me for quite some time. It all began on a normal Sunday when I grudgingly woke up early in order to make it to Creekside Park in Cupertino […]

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Smile : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy of Sanctuary photography From the beginning, I have always found joy in helping others. I encountered the most significant and memorable helping experiences when I was helping my close friend. Although he is mentally challenged, he is a great influence on me. In age, he is two years older than me; however, he has a […]

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WorldWeDream now inspiring people from 50+ countries

Our audience base is growing fast. We are now inspiring people from 54 countries. This would not have been possible without the support from all of you. Some more interesting facts. 1. People from Belgium visit more pages every time they come to WorldWedream than audience from any other country. They are closely followed by […]

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Changing Experience: Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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 Photo Courtesy from Olympus Digital Camera Website When I signed up for AYSO V.I.P, an organization in which high school students assist children with disabilities. I was not aware of that I would be helping children who had such special needs; it was just as a volunteering experience. I noticed this one small boy, who […]

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WorldWeDream in Yahoo India

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WorldWeDream in Yahoo India http://in.news.yahoo.com/a-teenagers-dream-world.html

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David: Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy from Pixabay My first life experience with people with disabilities began when I met David Han, a brilliant sophomore in Cupertino High School. David was different than other students and I can say he was gifted with something special. I first met David when I saw my friend, Eugene, helping and talking to him. I […]

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A New Perspective: Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy of Public Domain Images During International Week, on Global Community Day, I was watching a robotics activity alone when all of a sudden, a kid with a disability from my school came up to me and started talking to me. At first, I did not know that he was talking to me. Once […]

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India West Article

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  Thank you Monica for a great article!

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Perspective : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy of Corey Ann When I was about four or five years old, my mother had put my brother and sister in a volunteer service which helped numerous kids with different disabilities. The volunteers would play with each of them and try to teach them lessons and life skills. It was a day care […]

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Hope : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy of mademoiselle lavender The instances where I found myself including people with certain disabilities such as blindness, dyslexia, down syndrome etc. was during middle school. In Lawson Middle School I met my first friend. My loneliness and unfamiliarity with the students of this school, propelled me and persuaded me to talk with her, […]

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Second Workshop at Grace Community Center

This past Friday, I went to the Art and Wellness Studio for Grace Community Center for another writing workshop. Just a reminder for you if you don’t know why WorldWeDream is running workshops at Grace Community Center: At the workshop, people are free to make art or write stories to express themselves. On Friday, several […]

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Connected : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy of vasta When I was in middle school, I met a boy named David Han. He was blind. Observing how he and others dealt with his handicap opened my eyes to a new perspective on disabilities, and helped me grow as an empathetic and helpful member of the community. I began to think […]

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Sam : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy of Canadian Veggie A few years ago, there was a family who lived in my apartment complex. Their son, Sam, was unlike others. He was disabled and so, his thinking process was slow. He seemed as though he was not able to function on his own. Since my sister was close friends with […]

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Lucky : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy of Carole Smith When I was in the seventh grade, I had to have my appendix taken out.   I was hospitalized for two days.  In the hospital, I had complained about my pain, the ugly scars on my stomach, and how I was not able to walk.  Thankfully, the surgery was a success […]

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Tracy : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy of Paperclip.Pro I have a friend named Tracy. I met Tracy though a volunteering event a few years ago, where we were making paper cards for children at a local orphanage. We talked and worked at the same time, each describing our lives at home. Tracey told me that she liked to write […]

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Senses : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy of Eagle1.effi In seventh grade, I sat next a student with a disability he was born with. His name was David, and he was blind. I had never spoken to him before, but I knew who he was. I remember that he had many friends and was always friendly towards anyone he met. The class […]

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Speech : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy of Caveman Chuck Coker The irony could not be greater. In my speech group, our mentor had a physical disability. When I first met her, I was amused at the idea that she would be able to instruct us. After all, how could someone who was not perfect herself help us? Still, at […]

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First Workshop at Grace Community Center

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Yesterday, I went to the Art and Wellness Studio at the Grace Community Center, the only therapeutic recreation center of its kind in Santa Clara County that serves the social, recreational, and therapeutic needs of adults with mental illnesses. Stacey and I had planned a wonderful writing workshop at the center that will continue to […]

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WorldWeDream in Siliconeer

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New : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy of Ceziceu It’s the year 2008, and the scariest thing I did was to help a neighbor named Bruce with his groceries. No, he wasn’t some shadowy  monster from the stuff of nightmares, but Bruce-the-white-guy-with LOTS-of-cats-and-a-wheelchair was right up there with Dracula and Frankenstein in my twelve-year old mindset.  Also, I possessed a […]

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No Difference : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy of Fran Tapia One of my hobbies is volunteering.  Being a young teenager, I believe thatvolunteering is important in our community. I volunteer at the library for acraft program where I help children make crafts for them to enjoy.  As I was volunteering at the library one day,for a craft program, I had […]

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Care : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy of Wonderlane Out of all the disabilities out there in the world today, the most tragic of all are the ones that are invisible to us: mental disabilities. People have ignored these types of problems and claim that they are able to be cured through ignorance and just simply, through stress-relief. I felt that […]

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Changes : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy of CECAR When I was in 7th grade, I was invited to be part of a group of friends for a special girl called Lauren. Lauren had cerebral palsy. She could not talk, walk, or control her drooling. She had a computer to help her communicate with others and always needed an aide […]

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AYSO VIP Soccer : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy of Dawn Huczek For our sophomore year we were required to complete 6 hours of community service. At first, I was just going to volunteer with my clubs at school but then I heard about an opportunity to work with disabled kids by helping them play and learn soccer. I immediately became interested […]

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Recycle Bin : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy of epSos.de During a regular day in class a year ago, I sat the closest next to the door and was in charge of turning on and off the lights. While I was listening to a lecture from Mr. Jia (My Chinese teacher) I heard the door open and thought it was another […]

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Soccer : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy of stevendepolo In my high school history class, we had an assignment to go out and do community service for school credit. When I first heard of this assignment, I was intrigued, because I always feel like I should do something for the community, but could never seem to find the time. The […]

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Decisions : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy of Whiz Kris It was a bright day, as I walked to school looking forward to the motivational speech we were to be given. As a change from the regular schedule, I knew that the motivational speaker would add a new light to my day. However, I did not know he would completely […]

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Awesome : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtsey of kevin dooley In elementary school, I met this blind boy in church named David. He was a very tall person who was very strong and talented. I always was with him at church and hung out him a lot. Some people did treat him differently because he was blind. I never treated […]

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Water Guns : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtesy of Britanglishman When I was about 12 years old I saw a new kid walk in through the door of my church’s youth group room.  At that time I had no idea that he had ADHD or Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder or that he was made fun of all his life because he could […]

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The Cupertino UN Club “Write a Story Challenge”

Last Friday, WorldWeDream partnered with the Cupertino United Nations Club and held the “Write a Story Challenge” in the school computer lab. We had a great turnout with over thirty students coming in to write stories about their experiences with people with disabilities and how they shaped their life. We’ve been posting them under our […]

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Blessed : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtsey of Ron Cogswell I was more than excited when I found out my parents told me I could go to Hong Kong for my very first time. I couldn’t sit still during the thirteen hour flight to Hong Kong, and all I can think of is the food I am going to eat, […]

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Smile : Cupertino High School UN Story Challenge

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Photo Courtsey of Ola Wiberg In my world history class, there is a boy named David, who is blind. He never really talked to me, apart from the time when he told me that he went on 13 rides in a single day at Great America. Although no one talks to him that much, and he […]

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