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Jim Nunes

Lucille Sacks

Barbara Quinlan

Derek Hoyt

Allison Somphou

Frank Ellis

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21418 Canaria
Mission Viejo, CA 92692

(949) 598-2952


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The DisAbility Awareness Foundation is a non-profit organization co-founded by Sharon Sacks and Jim Nunes over nineteen years ago.

Jim Nunes, President (standing) Speakers: Lexi Marman, Audrey Lang, Jim Siegfried

The DAF believes that the success and triumphs of citizens with disabilities provides them with skills that can be used by all of us overcoming personal challenges. The DAF teaches us about self-motivation, respect for others and valuing our own lives.

The DAF motto is:
"Each of us has a gift that needs to be given; a call that needs to be heard; an experience that needs to be shared."

This original program uses the special qualities of people with disabilities to teach today's youth about motivation and self-esteem during difficult times.

Sharon Sacks had juvenile rheumatoid arthritis since the age of two. Through the support of family and friends, she had the courage to share her trials and successes through speaking. Sharon's positive spirit and life of perseverance was an inspiration to all that knew her.

Since her untimely passing at the age of 43 Sharon continues to be a driving force in motivating others with disabilities to tell their experiences.

Jim Nunes has continued as a motivational speaker and trainer. He has worked in several Orange County school districts for the past seven years. He has traveled throughout the United States performing and speaking in over 500 assembly performances that promote self-esteem and motivation to today's youth.

If you have expertise in grant writing or would like to be a speaker or trainer for the DAF, please contact Jim Nunes at (949) 598-2952. We would appreciate any of your input toward this worthwhile cause.

How to make a donation:

If you would like to make a donation to the Foundation or to the Sharon Sacks Memorial Scholarship fund, any contribution would be most appreciated.

Tribute cards to the Scholarship Fund are available to send "In Honor of" or "In Memory of" to anyone for any denomination.

Either call (949) 598-2952 or send a check with your request to:

21418 Canaria
Mission Viejo, CA 92692

Thank you!

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