At UCF, Goldman is pursuing a degree in social work and serves as president of UCF’s Society of Scholars. She is a community leader that has assisted The Able Trust in public speaking roles and has represented the United States at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing.
Born with Cerebral Palsy, Goldman hopes to inspire children with disabilities, showing them that, like her, they can have hope and a future, no matter their challenges.
“My whole life I have been trying to achieve goals and dreams while overcoming obstacles due to my disability,” said Goldman. “Over time, I have gained experience and have often helped others who are in a similar situation. Receiving this award inspires me and gives me confidence that what I do has a positive impact on others with disabilities.”
Goldman is a 2007 alum of The Able Trust’s Florida Youth Leadership Forum, to which she returns each summer to serve as an adult volunteer and group facilitator.
“Sarah is a remarkable young woman whose dedication to The Able Trust, and to the young people that it impacts, embodies the spirit of the Young Adult Leadership Award that she received on Friday,” said Dr. Susanne Homant, President and CEO of The Able Trust. “She is truly a community leader who has a big future ahead.”
The Able Trust annually recognizes outstanding achievements in 13 categories, including employment placement programs, outstanding legislators and youth leaders with disabilities, employers of the year and the outstanding media representative.
About The Able Trust
The Able Trust, also known as the Florida Endowment Foundation for Vocational Rehabilitation, is a 501c(3) foundation established by the Florida Legislature in 1990. Its mission is to be a key leader in providing Floridians with disabilities opportunities for successful employment. Since its establishment, The Able Trust has awarded over $28 million to nonprofit agencies and organizations throughout Florida for employment-related purposes, enabling thousands of Florida citizens with disabilities to enter the workforce. The Able Trust’s grant program supports a diversity of projects and programs leading to employment. For more information about The Able Trust, visit www.abletrust.org or call 850-224-4493.