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 Thursday, February 26th.

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
  • Announcement of Embolden Enrichment Grant winner
  • 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, we’re asking students to answer the question: What does accessibility look like in school? Some of the things you might consider in your essay are sports, academics, classrooms, the playground and building. Also, think about your community around the school and access to restaurants, sporting events, shopping and parking.

One winner from each division (Elementary, Middle, High School) will be selected and receive a mini-iPad at the Abilities Abound event. For full essay contest details, download the essay contest application below.

Download Application

Embolden Grant

The Embolden Enrichment Grant program was created by the Northeast Indiana Disability Advocacy Coalition, which consists of not-for-profit service providers and advocates for people with disabilities in northeast Indiana. Embolden means “to foster boldness or courage, or to encourage.” Believing that learning is a life long activity that all people should have the opportunity to pursue, these grants provide financial assistance to help individuals with disabilities continue learning.

Three $1,000 grants are awarded annually on a competitive basis. The grant must be used for a post-secondary or enrichment class, employment or life skills training, or an activity or life experience designed to enhance skills. To apply or submit a nomination, please download the appropriate form below.

Application Form  Nomination Form


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