EmPowering the Differently Enabled Conference is the launch event for the ministry of the same name. Through this day together a variety of qualified persons will explain to the Dayton area, who we are, what we do, and how we will do it as a not for profit ministry.
The goal of the conference will be to convey an introduction to the ministry, offering Differently-Enabled individuals and Life Givers practical tools, as well as, Christ-centered hope.
The conference will include breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Emily Shanahan, the ministry’s founder, and Dr. Travis Freeman, (see bio below) will provide inspirational Christ-centered messages of thriving as differently-enabled individuals. Attendees will attend two of four breakout sessions from which to choose. Topics offered will be Estate Planning and Letter of Intent, Develop Personal Achievement Council, Navigating the 5 Stages of Grief, and Advocating in Love and Grace.
About Dr. Travis Freeman:
Dr. Travis A. Freeman is a 1999 graduate of Corbin High School, where he was a top ten student and four year letterman for the Redhound football team. After losing his sight at the age of twelve due to a severe infection, Travis played backup center for the Redhounds from 1995-1998, as “America’s First Blind Football Player”. In 1999 the National High School Athletic Hall of Fame awarded Travis the first annual Travis Freeman Achievement Award, recognizing his achievements on the football field.
After high school, Travis attended the University of Kentucky where he served as a Kentucky football equipment manager and president of the “Fellowship of Christian Athletes”. In 2003 Travis graduated from UK with a B.B.A. degree in Business Management. From UK, Travis went on to The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree and Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.).
Travis and his wife Stephanie currently live in Williamsburg, KY,where he serves as an adjunct professor at the University of The Cumberlands. Travis also serves as the President of the Freeman Foundation, a non-profit organization, dedicated to promoting the truth that “disability does not equal inability”.
The major motion picture 23 BLAST, a feature film “loosely based” on Travis as a blind high school football player, was released in theatres on October 24, 2014, and is now available on DVD. . Also, the book LIGHTS OUT (Living in a Sightless World) was released in October 2014. . LIGHTS OUT is the complete story of Travis Freeman that inspired 23 BLAST. If you would like to find out more about The Freeman Foundation, or schedule Dr. Freeman to speak to your church or organization please visit www.travisfreeman.org.
Both Dr. Freeman's feature film 23 BLAST and book LIGHTS OUT will be available for purchase at Dr. Freeman's product table at the EmPowering the Differently-Enabled Conference.
Emily Shanahan (Chairman/Voting Board Member) is a 2011 Graduate of Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. Emily's degree is a Bachelor of Arts in Comprehensive Communications, with a double minor in Bible and Spanish.
Emily is one of only three graduates honored with Cedarville University's most prestigious student award, The Presidents Trophy , the highest honor for a graduating senior, recognizes leadership, ministry, community and campus involvement, and academic achievement.
In April 2011, Emily was named in the Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. In Emily's junior year at CU, she was the Junior Homecoming Court Representative for her class. She is also a 2007 graduate of West Carrollton High School in Ohio.
In June of 2010, Emily had the opportunity to use her Spanish language skills during her internship at Joni And Friends International Disability Center, in Agoura Hills, California, with Joni Eareckson Tada.
In August 2005 Emily participated in the National Young Leaders Conference (NYLC) in Washington D.C. In August 2006 Emily proceeded to the next phase of the leadership series, Global Young Leaders Conference (GLYC), in both Washington D.C. and New York City. In October 2005 Emily was selected as Closing Keynote Speaker for the Junior NYLC for 300 middle school students also in Washington D.C.
Emily has cerebral palsy, which allows her the unique opportunity to drive a power wheelchair, made by Permobil, for daily mobility. She enjoys reading, spending time with friends, spending hours at Barnes and Noble, reading her Color Nook, swimming, outings in her Duet Bike, riding horses, and Harley Davidson motorcycles.
Emily started modeling at the age of 3, acting at the age of 7 and co-authored a chapter in a book at age 11. Emily is currently working withRoof-Goenner Talent Agency. Emily also had the privilege of meeting and praying with President Bush at the White House in April 2004.
Emily's acting career started with Bill and Gloria Gaither on a video called The Homecoming Kids Go West filmed in August of 1996 in Estes Park, Colorado. Emily was an honorary Homecoming Kid. In this exciting adventure, the Homecoming Kids wind up in the Wide, Wide west - and Fritz has gotten lost along the way. Join George Younce, Vestal Goodman, Buddy Greene, Bill Miller, and Jeff & Sheri Easter as they help the kids learn "to look on the inside and not on the outside" of things.
Emily enjoys motivational speaking; most recently on February 14, 2016 at Central Christian Church in Springfield, Ohio. On September 22, 2015 at Dr. Ben Carson Campaign Rally. On September 3, 2014 at Heritage Christian School in Indianapolis, Indiana. On June 22, 2014 Emily spoke at MiamisburgFirst Church Of God Ohio. Previously on November 4, 2013 at Permboil in Lebanon, Tennessee. On June 12, 2011, Emily spoke at the High School Commencement for Veritas Academy in Wells, Maine.
Emily is pursuing her Master's degree at Anderson University , Anderson, Indiana, in Online Master of Arts in Christian Ministries with a Concentration in Non-Profit Organization Management. Emily is developing a non-profit organization called: EmPowering The Differently-Enabled. Graduation is slated for May 2017.
Dr. Travis Freeman
President and CEO of The Freeman Foundation
Chairman, EmPowering the Differently-Enabled