The Arc Lane County Publishes Book to Change Perceptions about People with Disabilities


Dreams Without Limits, with foreword by Governor Kate Brown, to be released at outdoor event Sept. 29




Laura Dahill

Director of Marketing & Communications



Springfield, Ore. — Sept. 22, 2020 — The Arc Lane County will release its book entitled, Dreams Without Limits: Changing Perceptions about People with Disabilities, on Sept. 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. outside its office at 4181 E Street in Springfield. The book, with a foreword by Governor Kate Brown, features beautiful portraits of local families and their empowering stories of strength, hope and love.

Nearly 40 local children, youth and their families, as well as adults who experience disabilities are in the book, along with personal stories about their hopes and dreams for the future. The purpose of the book is three-fold: 1) to give parents and families new to a diagnosis hope and a vision for the future; 2) to dispel myths related to hiring people who experience disabilities; and 3) to change perceptions about people who experience disabilities and create more welcoming and accessible communities.

“This book will forever change the disability paradigm from negative to positive,” says Pam Ring, executive director of The Arc Lane County. “The beautiful portraits and empowering stories captured in this book provide a glimpse of what people with disabilities are capable of dreaming and achieving.”

The book is a collaborative effort between Jon Christopher Meyers Photography, the Office of Developmental Disabilities Services, Walmart and QSL Print Communications.

The Arc will host an outdoor, COVID-safe book release outside its main door at 4181 E Street from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 29. Both Jon Meyers, the photographer for the book, and Laura Dahill, the author of the book, will be on site to sign copies of the book. Individuals featured in the book will also be on site for interviews. The book may be purchased online at, and it will also be available for purchase at the Sept. 29 book release.

The Arc Lane County, a grassroots nonprofit, provides services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families living in Lane County. The mission of The Arc is to advocate to enhance the dignity, expand the opportunities, and protect the rights of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc envisions a world in which all persons have the support they need for personal development, independence, and interdependence with family and friends, and inclusion in the community. Learn more about The Arc Lane County at