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I Can, You Can

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on 27 August 2013

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Transcript of I Can, You Can

"The cards that were dealt to me in life are not as important as how I play them"
Robert Pio Hajjar
This is how I am playing my cards...
Robert Pio Hajjar was born in 1977 with Down syndrome
Once upon a time...
Doctors advised Robert's parents that he would not
walk
or
talk
Doctors said...
"
He is profoundly

retarded
.
Put him away and forget about him
"
What the doctors did not realize was that Robert was born to be a....
Champion
This is how I am playing my cards...
Everyday... Robert lives his life.
I Can
I can walk
I can talk
I can swim 50 laps a day
I can volunteer
I can dance
I can play hockey
I can play baseball
I can play bocce
I graduated
I can read
I can pray
I can bowl
I can present to 4,000 people
And then Robert comes up with an idea...
"I can start a charity"
One day...
You Can
Robert approaches his Aunt Addie
She is a hard working, successful business woman working tirelessly at her job.
He asks her to help him create an organization to help people like him.
Robert willingly donates his life savings of
$62.05
Addie gives up everything to help Robert achieve his dream.
Because of that...
We Can
With the help of his Aunt, family, and friends, IDEAL WAY was conceived with $62.05
Robert wanted people to live in an
IDEAL
world to feel...
I
ncluded
D
eserving
E
qual
A
ppreciated
L
oved
Because of that...
I Can
We Can
You Can
Robert
Addie
Robert, Addie, and others
Robert is now an internationally acclaimed speaker
He has spoken to over 100,000 people
He has presented inspirational messages to schools and conferences
He has presented to universities and colleges such as
Fanshawe College
University of Indiana
University of Toronto
Western University
York University
Marlee Matlin

Pinball Clemons,

Rick Hansen,

Justine Hines,

Anthony Kennedy Shriver,

Damon Allen,

and Honorable David C. Onely, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
He has met...
Canadian Down Syndrome Society
&
Human Resource Development Service Strategy
&
Master of Ceremony for the
Robert is the
only
individual in North America to receive the inaugural
United Nations-sanctioned World Down Syndrome Day Award 2012
He has been the keynote speaker for...
He is the recipient of the
City of Toronto Unsung hero Award

presented by the
Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
Presented to
First Nations, Six Nations
He has traveled and spread his message to...
Calgary
Indiana
London
Miami
Niagara Falls
North Dakota
Ottawa
Regina
Six Nations Reserve
Toronto
Vancouver
Washington
Wisconsin
He received the Golden Smile Award from Corus Entrainment 103.9 Fm, for outstanding contribution to the community
Robert transforms attitudes about individuals with intellectual disabilities
Until Finally.
.
.

People are educated and raising awareness about the potential of individuals with intellectual disabilities
Robert motivates and inspires all people to achieve their full potential and live their life's purpose
Students take the pledge
From more than 2800 eligible charities across North America in the prestigious "Show Us Your Goodness" contest, Roberts charity, IDEAL WAY was voted among the top finest to receive funding
IDEAL
Robert conceptualized the
"IDEAL Gives" Program
to relieve poverty which has collected and distributed more than
$400,000
worth of merchandise to
Ontario agencies and individuals in need
As a founder of IDEAL WAY, Robert participated in the Ontario wide Art Show 2008, at the prestigious Fred Varley Gallery in Unionville
IDEAL WAY held its first world-wide poetry competition 2008, exclusively for persons with disabilities

Represented by 41 cities and more than 1,200 visitors in five days
I believe everyone has the right to feel IDEAL
I
ncluded,
D
eserving,
E
qual,
A
ppreciated
and L
oved
I CAN... YOU CAN... WE CAN. I Pledge to make the world a better place...
One CAN at a time. I pledge to live the
"IDEAL" WAY
A documentary video has been produced by the Ministry of Community and Social Services, entitled "A Day in the Life of Robert
A student has started a Facebook Campaign to help Robert be on the
Ellen DeGeneres Show
Robert transforms attitudes about individuals with intellectual disabilities
IDEAL WAY has 6,000 Twitter Followers
IDEAL WAY has received over
150
letters of support
He wanted to spread his message and inspire people in schools, businesses, churches, and communities.
Above all, Robert continues to spread his message...

IF I CAN,
YOU CAN
"Inspiring social change, creating awareness and empowerment around the world"
-IDEAL WAY
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