Promability Contest For Graduating Teens With Disabilities Launched

Creative Expression Aims to Promote Self-Esteem with a Focus on Ability and Win the Ultimate Prom Experience
Sept. 25, 2012 - PRLog -- PromAbility™2013, the creative expression and advocacy initiative offering two lucky graduating teens with disabilities a chance to go to their prom in style, all expenses paid, kicks-off October 1 in recognition of Florida’s Disability History and Awareness Weeks in Florida public schools.

Graduating teens from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade County schools can get their shot at a free prom night with all necessary appurtenances − from limousine service, prom attire, hair styling, make-up, prom tickets, plus extras − all taken care of, thanks to the PromAbility sponsors and supporters. Included is a red carpet evening, which will highlight the grand prizewinners, and celebrate the ability and diversity in our community. Winners will subsequently receive a one-on-one mentorship lunch with business professionals to further develop and support them as they transition to higher education or the workplace.

How PromAbility Works

PromAbility contest is Internet–based at The competition embraces creativity as a platform to build confidence, self-esteem, self-determination, social skills, and help teens build relationships with their peers. Students can submit an essay, poetry, song, or video entry responding to a specific contest topic.  This year’s competition topic is: “In My Perfect World…” Winners will be chosen based on the creativity of their submission, quality of thought, writing style, creative thread, factual accuracy and mechanics.

In the United States, 5.4 million children and youth age 3 to 21 with disabilities are served under Individuals with the Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). For many of them, bullying, cyber bullying, and name-calling in and out of school damage their self-esteem and ability to learn. PROMability initiative enables students to build bridges of communication, understanding and respect in a creative and engaging way. “By including public participation in the contest through voting, TLC Mobility is building awareness for all people with disabilities in the hope of galvanizing others to change their perceptions or attitudes,” says Lisa Hamilton-Johnson, PromAbility Founder and President of Boca’s TLC Mobility Foundation, a Florida non-profit that supports children and adults with disabilities.

Ability Icons Help Building Self Esteem and Change Public Perceptions

Young people with disabilities often say there are no positive people like themselves to look up to.  TLC Mobility has responded by introducing another highlight to the PROMability program. This year students can learn and be inspired by a special collection of messages of encouragement by differently-abled high-achievers who have been designated Ability Icons. These high-achievers hail from the fields of sport, entertainment, business, student advocacy and design. Among them are Mary Wong, President of the Office Depot Foundation and Muffy Davis, World Championships and Paralympics Gold Medalist athlete.  All the Ability Icons have brilliant stories of courage that are highly motivational to all young people.

“We are so proud that these outstanding citizens have chosen to share their stories of perseverance, endurance and success with our graduating teens and we believe that their contributions will play a significant part in helping them to becoming productive citizens,” says Ms. Hamilton Johnson.  

Entries for PromAbility contest close on January 7, 2013 with public voting from January 14 – 28, 2013. The winners will be announced late February 2013. Please visit for further details.

For further information, please contact Lisa Hamilton-Johnson at 561.929.8950 or email
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