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Celebrate Independence




Celebrate Independence is Brooks Rehabilitation's signature event. Held annually, this event celebrates the strength of the human spirit. Each year's event features a nationally renowned speaker, educational events, awards for those who exemplify the strength of the human spirit..

About Celebrate Independence

Since 1991 Brooks Rehabilitation has been Celebrating Independence through it's annual free, community-wide event honoring the spirit and accomplishments of people with disabilities.  This event commemorates individual and community accomplishments, honors those making a difference in the lives of persons with disabilities, and raises general awareness of the issues in our area. The event includes informational exhibitions centered on recreational, cultural, physiological and physical opportunities that can further recovery and improve quality of life for those with disabilities. 

Past Events

Topics from past events had included 90 days after stroke, relationship between spirituality adn ethics.  Past programs have included CEUs for physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, and psychologists.  Past award honorees have included Eugene Brown, Cedric Livingston, Mike Mitchell and others. Past keynote speakers have included:


  J.R. Martinez,  is an actor, motivational speaker, army veteran, author and Season 13 winner of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars
Jim Abbott, The one handed Major League Baseball Player who overcame the birth defect of having only one hand to become an amazing professional pitcher and ball player.
John F. Crowley, Chairman & CEO of Amicus Therapeutics and inspiration for the major motion picture "Extraordinary Measures" shared his family’s journey as they raced to find a life saving treatment for their two children diagnosed with Pompe disease.
Ben Vereen, star of stage shared his story of recovery from multiple injuries and his triumphant return to stardom. 

After a roadside bomb in Iraq inflicted major brain trauma on ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff, his wife Lee Woodruff was there to nurse him back to a miraculous recovery. She shared her inspirational story of a caregiver's trials, tribulations and triumph.

Aron Ralston knew what he had to do when an 800-pound boulder fell on his lower arm while he was climbing in rugged Blue John Canyon, trapping him for days. He cut it off.  He spoke and exemplifies how having a disability doesn't mean you can't live life to its fullest.