#ThinkABILITY 2017




          APRIL DUNN








             RICKII AINEY








                SHEA DAIGLE


















Collin Mathieu



Seth Bode

             SETH BODE

Jeff Arseneaux






Shawn Jackson

            SHAWN JACKSON


For each of the 31 days in March we will post and tweet a success story, quote or something inspirational. At the end of each tweet or post we will put #ThinkABILITY and #FamiliesHelpingFamilies for tracking purposes.

Everyone is welcomed to participate in #ThinkABILITY.

Step 1 – Go to www.facebook.com/FHFJefferson and like our Facebook page.

Step 2 – Go to https://twitter.com/FHFofJefferson and follow us on Twitter.

Step 3 – Go to https://www.instagram.com/fhfofjefferson/ and join the event.

Step 4 – Starting March 1, 2017 and ending March 31, 2017, like, repost, retweet the #ThinkABILITY posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Step 5 – Create your own posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Remember to use #ThinkABILITY & #FamiliesHelpingFamilies.

Step 6 – Share all of the above with family, friends, colleagues and anyone else.

To help you promote the event we are providing the following things:

#ThinkABILITY Communication and Marketing Toolkit

#ThinkABILITY Flyer

#ThinkABILITY – Facebook Cover Photo

#ThinkABILITY – Twitter Cover Photo

#ThinkABILITY – Instagram Photo

If you need any further assistance or have questions, please contact Mary Jacob, Executive Director of Families Helping Families at mjacob@fhfjefferson.org or call her at 504.888.9111 or 1.800.766.7736.


#ThinkABILITY 2015

March 31, 2015

Story of the Day: Dan Akyroyd, Actor diagnosed with Aspergers and Tourettes. #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies  http://tinyurl.com/ktgg5jd

Quote of the Day: Try to be like a turtle, at ease in your own shell. – Bill Copeland  #ThinkABILITY  #FamiliesHelpingFamilies

March 30, 2015

Story of the Day: Keira Knightley, Actress with dyslexia. #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies http://tinyurl.com/kg498k9

Quote of the Day: You must do the things you think you cannot do. – Eleanor Roosevelt  #ThinkABILITY  #FamiliesHelpingFamilies

March 29, 2015

Story of the Day: John Cougar Mellencamp, Singer – Songwriter and person with Spina Bifida. #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies  http://tinyurl.com/6wqennm

Quote of the Day:  All you need is a plan, a road map, and the courage to press on to your destination. – Earle Nightingale  #ThinkABILITY  #FamiliesHelpingFamilies

March 28, 2015

Story of the Day:  Whoopi Goldberg, Actress, Comedian, and diagnosed with dyslexia. #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies  http://tinyurl.com/kmrpcwc

Quote of the Day: If opportunity doesn’t knock – build a door. – Milton Berle  #ThinkABILITY  #FamiliesHelpingFamilies

March 27, 2015

Story of the Day: Ben Stiller, Actor with Bipolar Manic Depression #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies http://tinyurl.com/78chwdp

Quote of the Day: What we change inwardly will change outer reality. – Plutarch  #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies

March 26, 2015 

Story of the Day: Henry Winkler, Actor, Author, The Fonz, and Dyslexic. #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies http://tinyurl.com/k6veoad

Quote of the Day: Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration. – Thomas Edison #ThinkABILITY  #FamiliesHelpingFamilies

March 25, 2015

Story of the Day: Daryl Hannah, actress shares her story of growing up with Autism. #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies  http://tinyurl.com/lep9cra

Quote of the Day: Don’t let the fear of striking out hold you back. – Babe Ruth #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies

March 24, 2015

Story of the Day: LeDerick neurologically impaired defies any and all labels. #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies  Read more: http://lederick.com

Quote of the Day:  Out of difficulties grow miracles. – Jean de la Bryuere #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies

March 23, 2015

Story of the Day: Robert Hensel founder of Beyond Limitation Week proves anything is possible. #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies http://roberthensel.webs.com

Quote of the Day: I dwell in possibilities – Emily Dickinson #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies

March 22, 2015

Story of the Day: David Paterson didn’t let his visual impairment stop him from becoming New York’s Governor. #ThinkABILITY  #FamiliesHelpingFamilies http://tinyurl.com/ptuylby

Quote of the Day: The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have – Vincent Lombardi  #ThinkABILITY  #FamiliesHelpingFamilies

March 21, 2015 

Story of the Day: Jamie Brewer walks the catwalk during New York’s Fashion Week. #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies http://tinyurl.com/m6zfto4

Quote of the Day: Change your thoughts and you change your world. – Norman Vincent Peale #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies

March 20, 2015 

Story of the Day: Sarah Vazquez no longer questions God why she was born with Cerebral Palsy. #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies http://sarahvazquezspeaks.com/

Quote of the Day: The common thread that unites all people is their ability to have dreams. – Sarah Vazquez #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies

March 19, 2015 

Story of the Day: Read how Matthew Otto exercises his right to vote. #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies  Matthew Otto

Quote of the Day: How else are they going to know what I want if I don’t tell them? – Matthew Otto  #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies 

March 18, 2015

Story of the Day: Elizabeth Heideman uses her gift of journalism to share her views of a variety of disability issues #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies   Elizabeth Heideman

Quote of the Day: Believe you can and you’re halfway there. – Theodore Roosevelt #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies

March 17, 2015

Story of the Day: Katherine Klimitas is an amazing artist despite her disability #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies  Katherine Klimitas

Quote of the Day: It is never too late to be what you might have been. – George Eliot  #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies

March 16, 2015

Story of the Day: Rick Hoyt has cerebral palsy and still completes 1,000 races #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies http://tinyurl.com/nb5jchv

Quote of the Day: “Let’s stop tolerating or accepting difference, as if we’re so much better for not being different in the first place. Instead, let’s celebrate difference, because in this world it takes a lot of guts to be different” – Kate Bornstein #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies

March 15, 2015

Story of the Day: Listen to the amazing transformation of Lazaro Arbos. He goes from stuttering profoundly to singing magnificently. #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies http://tinyurl.com/or8nc3l

Quote of the Day: Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring. – Marilyn Monroe #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies

March 14, 2015

Story of the Day: Lauren Potter proved others wrong by fulfilling her dreams regardless of her Down Syndrome #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies http://tinyurl.com/nof8s9b

Quote of the Day: Everything you can imagine is real. – Pablo Picasso #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies

March 13, 2015

Story of the Day: Tim Harris serves hugs daily at his restaurant. #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies http://huff.to/MoXkpV

Quote of the Day: Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. – Oscar Wilde #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies

March 12, 2015

Story of the Day: Congressman Langevin shows us his abilities despite his disability. #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies http://tinyurl.com/ku6h9co

Quote of the Day: Presume Competence – Kathy Snow #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies

March 11, 2015

Story of the Day: Miranda Casanova happens to have Cerebral Palsy and Graduated from College. #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies http://tinyurl.com/mg975wr

Quote of the Day: No one can make you feel inferior without your consent – Eleanor Roosevelt #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies

March 10, 2015

Story of the Day: Tiffany Gray learned how to overcome the obstacles of Autism through music. Read about her and listen to her beautiful voice here. #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelping Familes https://www.youtube.com/user/tiffanygraysinger

Quote of the Day: “Disability is not a brave struggle or “courage in the face of adversity.” Disability is an art. It’s an ingenious way to live.” – Neil Marcus #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies 

March 9, 2015

Story of the Day: Take the time to listen to the amazing Jonathon Moody discussing his life growing up with learning disabilities. #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vtMJpadg-E

Quote of the Day: Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you’re needed by someone –Martha Nauratiloua #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies

March 8, 2015 

Story of the Day: Professionals said Madison Tevlin would never sing.  Watch her defy the odds. #ThinkABILITY  #FamiliesHelpingFamilies http://tinyurl.com/mwf72go

Quote of the Day: I don’t need easy I just need possible. – Bethany Hamilton #ThinkABILITY  #FamiliesHelpingFamilies

March 7, 2015  

Story of the Day: Watson Dollar finds his voice with the technology of an iPAD. #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies  http://tinyurl.com/l7pnrmp

Quote of the Day: Optimism is faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. –Hellen Keller #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies

March 6, 2015

Story of the Day: Glenn Hawkins proves that having autism doesn’t mean you can’t go to college. #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies  Glenn Hawkins

Quote of the Day: I don’t have a disability I have a different-ability. –Robert M. #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies

March 5, 2015

Story of the Day: InteractNOLA allows you to let out your inner performer. #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies  InteractNOLA

Quote of the Day: “So often people look at our folks with disabilities and people with developmental disabilities, intellectual and cognitive deficits, and think of them as being less. But here they are standing up there saying, ‘I am … This is who I am.'”  Donna Lamkin #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies

March 4, 2015  

Story of the Day: Lynette Fontenot paves the leadership road for many with disabilities. #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies   Lynette Fontenot

Quote of the Day: Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you. –Bethany Hamilton #ThinkABILTY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies

March 3, 2015

Story of the Day:  Lucas Doiron finds his unique entrepreneur niche with the help of his mom #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies The Story of Lucas Delivers, LLC

Quote of the Day: I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. –Christopher Reeve #ThinkABILTY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies

March 2, 2015

Story of the Day: Meet Karrie Brown, Wet Seal model and how having Down Syndrome didn’t stop her from making into the Wet Seal Campaign. #ThinkABILITY  #FamiliesHelpingFamilies  http://tinyurl.com/knbr5p9

Quote of the Day:  Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn’t mean he lacks vision. –Stevie Wonder #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies

March 1, 2015

Story of the Day:  Read how Leah Katz-Hernandez didn’t let her disability stop her from getting a dream job in the White House. #ThinkABILITY  #FamiliesHelping Families  http://tinyurl.com/na3cwbr

Quote of the Day:  When everyone else says you can’t, determination says “yes you can.” –Robert M. #ThinkABILITY #FamiliesHelpingFamilies

We are so excited that you have come to learn more about #ThinkABILITY. In July of 2014, Families Helping Families of Jefferson new Young Professional Leadership Council met for the first time. The purpose of the group is to broaden the reach of the FHF Board of Directors by engaging young professionals with and without disabilities to promote Families Helping Families of Jefferson and bring a younger perspective and voice to disability issues. Our intent is to grow future board members while building leadership skills. Our group is small but mighty. Five remarkable young women joined the group and represent a variety of backgrounds, but all have a passion for promoting a positive identity of people with disabilities. The group consist of an Occupational Therapist, Foster Care Case Manager, Social Worker, Early Childhood Instructor and Membership Executive. Remarkably 2 of the young women did internships at the Mississippi and Rhode Island PTI’s. The members are either individuals with disabilities, siblings or other immediate family members of individuals with disabilities and/or provide services to individuals with disabilities. Collectively they bring hundreds of hours of volunteer work with various disability related groups.

The group was charged with creating an event that would bring positive attention to individuals with disabilities. They all agreed they had issues with the way individuals with disabilities were often perceived. After a lot of discussions and an internet survey, they decided to create an event around the great things individuals with disabilities accomplish every day. It was decided that younger people follow social media and thought the campaign should do the same. The campaign was named #ThinkABILITY and was launched on March 1, 2015 and run for the entire month of March.