The I Am Capable movement — which started on December 3, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities — aims to celebrate and empower people living with disabilities around the world.
To kick things off, they have created a special I Am Capable Video that features IAMPOSSIBLE ambassadors, and The Capables advisory board members, each of whom are individuals living with disabilities, sharing affirmations such as, “I am strong, I am smart, I am capable, I am a warrior” — to remind people that empowerment is one of the greatest gifts you can give another person, and yourself.
These affirmations are found in the book Rae’s First Day (the first story in The Capables book series) as well as thoughts author Danny Jordan has shared with his daughter, Emerson (who was born with an upper limb difference), every day since she was born.
The goal of the I Am Capable movement is to celebrate our differences and encourage people to embrace their uniqueness. Everyone is encouraged to join the movement and share their own version of these affirmations on social media using the #IAmCapable.
“This book, and the upcoming series, along with this movement is the fulfillment of a promise I made to my daughter – who was born with an upper limb difference – over three years ago, to do whatever I could to contribute to a world that is more inclusive, empowering and educated when it comes to disability.
“What started with that promise has grown into a deep commitment to the disability community as a whole. My goal for The Capables is to contribute to positive progress through accurate representation and inclusion of disability, and partnering with the fantastic global organization, I Am Possible, gives us the opportunity to share this empowering message with all corners of the world.”— author Danny Jordan
“The first time I read ‘Rae’s First Day‘ to my son I cried. The affirmations scene really got me. If only I had felt that empowered as a child with a limb difference and seen myself represented in books and TV maybe my journey to self acceptance and love would have been smoother.
“I founded The IAMPOSSIBLE Foundation to empower individuals with limb difference and limb loss and challenge perceptions around ability. Danny’s work with The Capables fits so perfectly with that and I’m grateful to be working alongside him to amplify the voices of those with disabilities especially on international day of persons with disabilities!”— founder, Nicole Brennan
[Source(s): The Capables, PR Newswire]