And the Winner Is…

movie_clipart5Earlier this year, BCFR announced a state-wide video contest in honor of developmental disabilities awareness. People were encouraged to submit videos that include positive images that put a fresh spin on the public’s view of people with developmental disabilities and what they can do in our community. The goal of the contest was to help change negative assumptions about people with disabilities and help create inclusive communities for people of all abilities.

The judges had some hard choices to make, but the votes are now in and we’d like to share the results.

First Place and People’s Choice Winner – “My Brother Is Able” by Jacob Schelp

“Jacob was the one who did a lot of the work, so please put his name on it!” says Robyn Schelp, Jacob’s mom. Robyn helped film the video and handled the submission.

Second Place Winner – “I Am Able” by People First of Boone County

Jeff Johnson, President of the Boone County chapter of People First, a self-advocacy organization of people with developmental disabilities, submitted this video to showcase the group’s grassroots advocacy for civil rights. The chapter meets monthly and recently journeyed together to the State Capitol for Disability Rights Legislative Day.

Honorable Mentions

We would also like to thank and acknowledge these video submissions as well.

“I See Me” by Tara Shade

“Matthew MaDream” by Matthew McGuire

“Cassidy-Rae Riding a Bicycle” by Renee Luebbering


“The Music Man” by Judy Sikes

Thank you to everyone who submitted a video. We hope to make this a regular event and love to learn and share more about everyone’s abilities!