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Embracing Challenges: World We Dream

Living with a brother who has autism, I have seen the challenges that kids, educators, parents, and caregivers run into on a daily basis. My passion about making a difference in the lives of people with special needs led to starting this Web site, WorldWeDream.org, devoted to helping people with disabilities, writes Shubhankar Jain.

Congress Party general secretary Rahul Gandhi

I began WorldWeDream with the inspiration of my little brother, Paras, who was born in 2000. At 18 months, Paras was diagnosed with autism. As he grew older, my family and I saw the communication and behavioral difficulties that he faced. We were blessed to find organizations in the Bay Area that helped Paras overcome some of these challenges.

While Paras grew, I saw other children facing similar difficulties and was thankful to all the effort that the organizations put in to aid to help children with special needs, but still, my family worried for his future and the question of whether he would become an independent individual.

Accordingly, my parents and I looked into transitional programs in the Bay Area and noticed that the current programs were having a tough time in filling the gap between education in school and work in the community. Young special need adults who were capable in finding a job or even a better one were not given the proper opportunity due to their communication abilities.

In response to this concern, I started WorldWeDream in order to increase the chances of these unrepresented groups in our society to integrate and achieve their desires as a part of the community.

We hope to expand this program worldwide so that WorldWeDream can assist special needs and underprivileged people in all parts of the world to integrate in the community and close the gap of the transition between education and community.

In the future, we want to create a mentoring program where people with disabilities are mentored to overcome certain challenges in life. With this one-on-one approach, WorldWeDream wants to ensure that everyone fulfills their potential. We want global community integration because as a result, the potential to make a positive difference in the world grows exponentially.

Everyone, including people with capability challenges, should be given the fair chance to contribute in the community to the best of their potential. We want to change the world by dispelling the myths such as attitudinal barriers, stereotypical thinking and assumptions about what people can and cannot do among the community to solve the root of the issue. Therefore, everyone, including people with special needs, can sit down at the table of brotherhood. To accomplish this mission, WorldWeDream inspires everyone in the community to excel and enhances job prospects of people with disabilities through two main methods.

Enhance job opportunities: WWD creates an advantage for people with an underprivileged background and/or with special needs, in the job market through video resumes. The resumes highlight soft skills that are not otherwise shown in a paper resume.

Inspire citizens in the community: WWD encourages everyone, including young kids, to share their life experiences, especially involving people with capability challenges, of inspiration and compassion. These stories inspire people with disabilities to excel in what they do best. They also inspire people without disabilities to play important backstage role of helping people with a disability to excel.

We want to improve the world, starting off with the community and create the World We Dream.

WorldWeDream is currently running a “Write a Story Challenge.” This event challenges people to write about a positive experience that you had with a person with a disability and how that event taught you something new or shaped you as a person.

These inspirational recounts teach the community that all of nature’s gifts are very special and no one should be denied the chance to fulfill their potential.

There is a reward for every on-topic story published, free AMC Movie tickets, and while you are at it, like our Facebook page (facebook.com/worldwedream) in order to spread the word about our mission to help the world.

Currently partnered with organizations such as Parents Helping Parents and Sandlot Heroes, WorldWeDream has made a global impact with visits from over 35 countries to it’s Web site and has inspired thousands of people.

Shubhankar Jain is a junior at Cupertino High School in San Jose, Calif. He loves to play soccer and is captain of his school’s varsity Cross Country and Track & Field teams.


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