SOURCE: National Disability Institute

National Disability Institute

August 05, 2014 16:54 ET

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

Americans With Disabilities Encouraged to Submit Videos Sharing Their American Dreams for Opportunity to Win $1,000, a Digital Tablet and Sessions With a Mentor

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - August 05, 2014) - National Disability Institute (NDI), the first national nonprofit dedicated exclusively to building a better economic future for people with disabilities, kicked off its 4th Annual My American Dream -- Voices of Americans with Disabilities Video Contest today. The contest encourages people with disabilities to share their American dreams via video for a chance to win $1,000, a digital tablet and sessions with a mentor to help make those dreams a reality.

"Like all Americans, people with disabilities strive for and are working tirelessly toward realizing their American dreams," said Michael Morris, executive director of National Disability Institute. "National Disability Institute launched the My American Dream Video Contest to help raise awareness that having a career, starting and running your own business, succeeding in college, purchasing your first home and achieving financial independence are the dreams of all people."

"The powerful stories shared by people with disabilities entering NDI's My American Dream Video Contest highlight the amazing dreams people have for their futures and underscore the need for us to continue to work to ensure people with disabilities can achieve greater financial capability and have access to the economic mainstream to live those dreams," Morris added.

To enter, contestants must create and submit a three-minute video by Sept. 9, 2014, that showcases their personal story and the steps they are taking or plan to take toward achieving their American dreams. Videos can be straightforward, funny, creative or serious. The approach is the contestants' choice as long as their stories shine through, as seen by previous finalists.

Following the entry deadline, an independent panel will select five finalists. America will then have a chance to view the five finalist videos beginning September 29, 2014, and cast their votes for the grand prize winner on the official contest website The contest winner will be announced by or before November 10, 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 Follow contest news on NDI's or the official contest website or join the conversation on Twitter @RealEconImpact and hashtag #NDIdream and on Facebook at

About National Disability Institute

National Disability Institute (NDI) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to building a better economic future for people with disabilities. The first national organization committed exclusively to championing economic empowerment, financial education, asset development and financial stability for all persons with disabilities, National Disability Institute effects change through public education, policy development, training, technical assistance and innovative initiatives. National Disability Institute and its Real Economic Impact (REI) Network have helped nearly 2 million people with disabilities receive more than $1.8 billion in tax refunds and credits. To learn more, visit Engage with National Disability Institute on Facebook: RealEconImpact or follow NDI on Twitter: @RealEconImpact.

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