Abilities Abound: A Gleeful Celebration!

Join us Saturday, March 8, as we kick off disabilities awareness month with Abilities Abound: A Gleeful Celebration. Our fifth annual event features keynote speaker Lauren Potter from Fox’s hit TV Show, Glee.

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 Lauren Potter and attend Abilities Abound. Only 300 seats are available. Tickets will NOT be available at the door, so secure your seat today!

VIP: $35

Includes meet and greet with Lauren Potter, reception and program

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 Meet Lauren Potter, this year’s keynote speaker for Abilities Abound: A Gleeful Celebration.

An inspiration to all, Lauren Potter has proven herself a young woman of strength and of character. When professionals told her she ‘couldn’t’ or ‘wouldn’t,’ she worked harder – sometimes to the point of exhaustion. Barriers and limitations put before her became a personal challenge to let people know she is worthy of high ideals and capable of great expectations.

Lauren danced before she could walk. She began dance classes at the age of three, and has been dancing ever since. She made her first acting debut in the movie “Mr. Blue Sky”, playing the part of young Andra Little. Her acting skills impressed the producers of Glee enough that they offered her a part on the hit FOX television program. Now in her fourth season with Glee, playing the part of Becky Jackson continues to open doors for Lauren, and she hopes those doors will open wider still! In 2012 Lauren was nominated for a SAG Award for her work in the Ensemble In A Comedy Series category for her work on GLEE. She was also honored with the SAG/AFTRA Harold Russell Award at the 2012 Media Access Awards.

Lauren is thrilled to be using the public “voice” that Glee has given her to speak out for other people with disabilities who may not have the same opportunities. She was recently appointed to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, she is on the International Board of Best Buddies, she has participated in the campaign against bullying, which included a PSA, she worked with Special Olympics in their “End the Word” campaign, is lending her name and fame to numerous organizations, including the Wylie Center, the Arc, the Down Syndrome Association in the U.S. and Canada, the Down Syndrome Congress, the AAPD, and many others. She feels honored to have received awards for her inclusion and diversity from the Arc, The Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles, and the Full Life Festival, as well as accommodations from local and California State politicians.

Lauren has both benefitted from and is committed to a simple ideal: that she shares in the rights and privileges of all citizens and has much to offer. By simple extension, she believes these rights extend to all people.


Date: Saturday, March 8, 2014
Location: Courtyard Marriott Downtown Fort Wayne (Directions)

5:15 - 6:00 PM Meet & Greet

VIP meet & greet with Lauren Potter
(VIP Ticket required)

5:30 - 6:15 PM Opening 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
  • Special performance by the Dazzlers
  • Keynote Speaker: Lauren Potter
  • 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, we’re asking students to write about “Spread the Word to End the R-Word.” The “R-word” is the word retard or retarded, which is hurtful and used inappropriately. For more information on the national movement to end the use of the “r-word,” go to

One winner from each division will be selected and receive a mini-iPad at the Abilities Abound event, held Saturday March 8. For full essay contest details, download the essay contest application.


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

NEIDAC Members & Organizations