Pathways Video Transcript

Video Transcript: Pathways to Professionalism

Music: Dramatic with rhythm
Text on screen: Disabilities
Graphic of ten icons of men & women.
Eight icons fade to gray — highlighting a man and a woman.
VO: Between 10 and 20 percent of all Americans live with a disability of some kind.
Graphic of ten icons of men & women.
Eight icons fade to gray — highlighting a man and a woman.
That’s as many as two in ten. Some disabilities are visible, others are not—but they’re
just as real.
87% of these people do not have a job.
They are twice as likely to not receive a high school diploma. Or a bachelor’s degree.
Out in the workforce, they earn 12.5% less than those without a disability, and the sad
truth is that they are twice as likely to live in poverty.
Video montage of people with disabilities
VO: Sobering statistics. But for young people – high school and college students
especially — it doesn’t have to play out this way.
(Music becomes more upbeat)
Pathway to Professionalism is an organization that provides meaningful opportunities
for your students to see that there is hope. Hope for a full and robust future that is not
limited by their physical condition.
How does this work?
Through connection.
Connection with a community of successful professionals with disabilities who can talk
about living and excelling in today’s world.
They know how it’s done, because they are actually doing it.
Bob Urbon on camera:
“Yeah, I mean—especially as a young adult. If I had known that there were people out
there that were living normal, happy, productive lives, who just so happened to have a
disability, you know, blindness or mobility issues or what have you. If I had known it was
just possible even to do that—I think that would have been huge for me…

Bradley Rikard on camera:
I have been legally blind my entire life and until recently, I haven’t had a community like
me. And now after having that community, I know how incredibly important it is to have
that for so many aspects of life. So I want to connect with young adults with disabilities
so I can help them find their own communities and benefit from it, just as I have.
Jessica Loomer on camera:
Losing vision in my mid-twenties was very hard . There were so many struggles I had day
to day. And now, fast forward, years later—I’m now a project manager at Charter
Communications—which is fantastic. However, I think it’s important to reflect back on
that and be able to share that with young adults and talk through those and share what
works and what doesn’t in order to help them become successful as well.
VO: There’s a lot to learn for anyone heading out into the world for the first time. But
the path is so much clearer with just a little guidance.
Mike Hess on camera:
Mentoring is so important. If you’re a young person and you do not identify with
somebody in a job, in a career, in a leadership role—it’s really difficult for somebody to
then say “Yeah, that’s what I want to do.” A mentoring program for young people with
disabilities – seeing professionals with disabilities actually doing something is very
important.
Text on screen: Pathways to Professionalism
VO: Pathways to Professionalism addresses this important need. We work with your
students to combat the perceived “shame” of disability and increase quality of life
outcomes for these young adults by normalizing their disability. We model the value
that people with disabilities bring to the table. We emphasize the importance of
increased ownership, accountability, and expectations for young adults with disabilities.
And finally, we provide valuable professional development opportunities to this
community.
Text on screen: Contact Information
VO: To find out more about how we can customize an event for your group contact Bob
Urbon / 7207574457 / boburbon@gmail.com or Bradley Rikard / 8034932516 / ‘Bradley
Rikard’ berikard19@gmail.com
Website coming soon.

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Blind Institute of Technology™ is a Denver-based nonprofit organization leading the charge to include disabled professionals in diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives nationwide. Believing that the key to opportunity is through education, preparation and accessible technology, BIT aims to help professionals with disabilities, and the employers who hire them, find success in the workplace. Our vision is a world in which people with disabilities have the same employment opportunities as their peers.