Celebrating the abilities of people with disabilities!

Friday, February 27, 2015


Abilities Abound

Join us Friday, February 27, as we kick off disabilities awareness month with Abilities Abound. Our sixth annual event features keynote speaker Paratriathelete, Melissa Stockwell.

Abilities Abound recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments in and around the local disability community. Come celebrate with us! Event will be held at the downtown Fort Wayne Courtyard Marriott.

Buy Tickets

Don’t miss your chance to meet Melissa Stockwell and attend Abilities Abound. Only 300 seats are available. Tickets will NOT be available at the door, so secure your seat today! Tickets will be sold through February 22nd.

Standard: $20

Includes reception and program

Student: $10*

Includes reception and program

* All students, including college/university students are eligible with ID.

Keynote Speaker

Bio Featuring Melissa Stockwell, From Baghdad to Beijing and Beyond
Featuring Melissa Stockwell, the first female amputee in the Iraq War. Hear her inspirational story From Baghdad to Beijing and Beyond. She has become a world-class Paratriathelete and currently training for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Date: Friday, February 27, 2015
Location: Fort Wayne's Courtyard Marriott (Directions)

6:00 PM Reception

Reception with cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres

6:30 PM Program
  • Welcome
  • Announcement of essay contest winners
  • Announcement of Business of the Year
  • Keynote Speaker: Melissa Stockwell
  • Closing Remarks

Essay Contest

It’s time for the annual Abilities Abound essay contest where students in northeast Indiana are asked to share their perspective and insight on various issues facing the community of individuals with disabilities. This year’s topic will be announced soon!


Abilities Abound is made possible by the Northeast Indiana Disabilities Advocacy Coalition (NEIDAC) and its member organizations.

NEIDAC Members & Organizations