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

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.

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

We 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 our 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.


• $1,000

•  a digital tablet of his/her choice*

• Sessions with a mentor to help the winner take positive steps toward achieving his/her dream *See  Official Rules for details


To enter:

1. Create a video no longer than three (3) minutes in length that shares your American Dream.

2. Upload your video to your YouTube Account. Don’t have one? Signing up is easy and free. Visit

3. Send us 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

Do you know a person, colleague or family member that would be interested in entering this contest? Or a community group or organization that might have members who would be interested? Your cooperation in sharing the news about the contest has helped make it a great success in years past. We hope we can count on you again this year!

Sharing contest info is easy! You can forward this email, write your own, or simply copy & paste the info below into your emails, Tweets and Facebook posts if you wish:

(If you write your own, use the hashtag #NDIdream):

.@RealEconImpact’s My American Dream Contest is underway! You could win $1k & digital tablet: #NDIdream #disability

What’s your American Dream? Tell NDI & you could win $1,000 & tablet! Learn more: #NDIdream  #disabilities

Do you have a #disability? Dare to dream! NDI invites you to join My American Dream Contest! Learn more: #NDIdream

.@RealEconImpact’s My American Dream video contest is here! Prize: $1,000 & a digital tablet! #NDIdream

Attn #PWD: NDI wants to hear from you. Share your American dream & you could win $1k & digital tablet: #NDIdream

What’s your American Dream? If you are an individual living with a disability, National Disability Institute (NDI) wants to hear from you! NDI has launched its 4th Annual My American Dream – Voices of Americans with Disabilities Video Contest. Share your story and how you are taking steps to realize your American dreams. Grand prize: $1,000, a digital tablet and sessions with a mentor to help you reach your goals. Visit for more information.

For more information, please contact Lisa Stockmann Karp or Dominic Manecke on NDI’s Communications team.