Headshot Photo of Oliver Stern
2017 Award Recipient


Project Our Abilities

Location Miami Beach, FL

Issue Area Advocacy/Activism | Disability Justice

Oliver was born deaf, but after receiving cochlear implants and undergoing 20 surgeries, he was able to recover his hearing. As he grew up, Oliver realized other children with disabilities were not as fortunate. In response, he launched his project Our Abilities, which has educated over 900 students at North Beach Elementary about issues concerning disability advocacy.

Our Abilities is a two-part program: an educational initiative called “One World Many Abilities,” which coordinates with the school’s teachers and principal to bring in guest speakers and raise awareness, and “Oliver’s Hearing Aid Bank,” which provides equipment and services to the hearing impaired. The project raised $60,000 and has helped more than 60 children. In addition, Oliver was appointed by a Miami Beach commissioner to serve on the Miami Beach Disability Access Committee.

My gift of hearing energizes me to help as many people as I can.

Oliver Stern
“It is never too late, too early, or too often TO GIVE BACK AND MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE”
Helen Diller