Success Stories

“There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.”        - Christopher Morley

Here’s where you’ll meet young people who are defining their own success. They’re setting their own goals and working to achieve them. It’s not always easy. But they’re living life after IEPs on their own terms. And they’re enjoying the journey.

We have much to learn from them.

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Click on the links below to meet some fabulous young people:

Charisse Hogan – Creating a better world – one video at a time

Quinn Bradlee & the Friends of Quinn Community

Chris Mielo & Chaz Kellem – Unbreakable Drive!

Mikelle Learned, entrepreneur & networker extraordinaire

Rory Hoy, Film and Music Entrepreneur

Ashley Olson, creator of

Lisa’s story

What does self determination look like?

4 Successful youth

Sarah Stup: a new, exotic garden

Chris Klein: communication & relationships



Want to suggest someone for us to feature on our Success Stories page? Would you like to share your own story?

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Doreen G. Fulton April 25, 2012 at 5:07 am

Hello Mary,

I love the work you are doing and the success stories that you have shared. I know that they will be well received by parents, educators and advocates who are looking for hope and support.

I have posted this article on and will repost it on

Finally, I will also share your website with my son, Robert, who is also enjoying success after many years of struggle.

With much appreciation,


Mary Mazzoni April 25, 2012 at 7:04 pm


Thanks so much for your encouragement. And for the wonderful work you are doing with Believe in a Ray of Hope and An IEP for Me. As we all travel life’s journey, we are so enriched by sharing our stories! All the best to you and Robert!

With gratitude,


Doreen Fulton April 25, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Thanks so much Mary! I am putting together resources for Moms, Educators and Advocates and plan to add your website and highlight the resources/tools you have here.
At your convenience, I would love to interview you on Relationships and Recreation. While my son, Robert, is very interested in getting a job and making good money, he is also very interested in finding connections and fun activities.

I sense that there are many young adults looking for the same thing and many Moms out there who would welcome the ideas you have to offer on helping them to make these meaningful connections to the activities and people who share similar interests.

Thanks again Mary for all you do!!


Mary Mazzoni April 26, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Doreen, I would thoroughly enjoy a conversation with you about relationships and recreation! Enjoying time with people who share similar interests is such an important part of life!

I’ll be in touch and look forward to our conversation. Also, I was delighted to see this post on Believe in a Ray of Hope about Robert – the Worker Wiz! Your son is a clearly a conscientious and ambitious entrepreneur!
I’m grateful for your encouraging spirit – and all you do for moms and young people, Doreen. Thanks!


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