Aug. 17, 2012
-- Pasadena, California, August 2012 – The Academy of Special Dreams Foundation announced today the renewal of a college scholarship award to Aaron W. Pfeiffer, a continuing college student with disabilities pursuing studies in Arts. Aaron, 21 years old, received a college scholarship last year when he began college in Southern California before transferring his studies to New York. Aaron was born with a severe hearing disability that required numerous surgeries during his early childhood before doctors were successful in their efforts to implant an artificial hearing device. Although still a struggle, Aaron works every day to overcome these obstacles by expressing himself through Photography and arts.
"One way we achieve our mission to increase public awareness of the creative talents of people with disabilities is to arrange for college scholarships for continuing students such as Aaron Pfeiffer to promote their further participation in the Arts," said Michael Dergar, President and CEO of the Pasadena-based Academy of Special Dreams Foundation. "Aaron’s personal story of overcoming tremendous physical challenges continues to inspire everyone, and so this year the Special Academy in collaboration with the Department on Disability will feature his talented artwork at Los Angeles City Hall on the month of August 2012."
"I want to thank the Academy of Special Academy for continuing to believe in me and for showing my work to the world," said Aaron.
Through the generous contributions of our supporter such as Marcos Rodriguez and Helen Woo, the Academy of Special Dreams Foundation also provides semi-annual web-based opportunities for the special needs community to express themselves in competitive short film visual arts and writing projects. All projects must involve or be created by members of the special needs community and the Special Academy especially seeks artists with disabilities who need financial support to promote and pursue their artistic talents.
About the Academy of Special Dreams Foundation
The Academy of Special Dreams Foundation is a California non-profit public benefit corporation based in Pasadena, California, and is recognized as a tax-exempt IRC 501(c)(3) publicly supported charity.
The mission of the Special Academy is to increase public awareness, appreciation and recognition of the creative talents of people with disabilities by providing opportunities that encourage, promote and showcase their artistic expressions. More information about the Special Academy can be found at www.specialacademy.org.