A few weeks ago we shared some pictures of Stephen representing Shredding on the Go at an event at Graceview Baptists Church called a Special Affair. The event was created as a service project by Brianna Lopez in conjunction with receiving the Gold Star Award from the Girl Scouts of America.
Brianna shared with us that this project was really important because her brother has disabilities. Her goal was to educate people about the variety of opportunities for people with disabilities.
It took over a year to put the project together and included compiling the necessary research and a creative team to implement the event. SOTG met with Brianna in Tomball last year and we were happy to assist her with the event.
Brianna’s desire is to help families find more information on the many programs that are available for people with disabilities. Research like this helped her brother participate in sports and go beyond typical expectations for children with special needs.
Brianna wants to save families the frustration that her family went through and make a difference in a society. She believes it is important for people with disabilities to be a part of their community. After her presentation she conducted a survey which showed that the programs and organizations showcased at the Special Affair Event helped individuals discover ways to be contributing members of their communities and how to participate more fully in a variety of programs.
Just like Brianna, one of SOTG’s goals is to help people look past the challenges and encourage companies to hire people with disabilities.
SOTG currently employs six individuals of different ages and gender, who have disabilities. What is more important is that they have ability to shred paper which enables them to work and be a productive member of society. Our company started from a collaborative effort of family and friends to fulfill a dream of James Parker to be an employed citizen and now it inspires many others to change their perspective on disability.