Information, inspiration for kids with disabilities

By Megan Carpenter

Information, inspiration for kids with disabilities

November 7, 2013 Updated Nov 7, 2013 at 10:03 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) People filled the BOCES gym Thursday night to learn about opportunities for people who are disabled.

But there was an inspirational message as well.

Ability Awareness is geared toward students with disabilities and their parents.

The 14 providers who set up booths inside the gym handed out information many of them may need as they transition into the future.

With this information, those in attendance Thursday had the chance to explore options after high school, whether that's finding a job or going on to college.

Thursday night's keynote speaker was John Robinson, a man who was born without most of his arms and legs.

"We need to think about achievement. We need to think about employment," Robinson said. "We need to think about education, not think about what we may look like and how we present ourselves. It's about how we achieve."

Robinson had his first book published three years ago, entitled "Get Off Your Knees." He said it focuses on how anything is possible, no matter who you are. He also owns Our Ability, a business that mentors people who are disabled.

Organizers for Ability Awareness said they expected up to 300 people to come out Thursday. This is the first year for Ability Awareness, but organizers are hoping to continue it in the future.

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