Actor Colin Farrell will deliver the keynote address at Gatepath’s annual Power of Possibilities recognition event on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at the San Francisco Airport Marriot Waterfront in Burlingame, CA.

As a parent of a child with special needs, Farrell has a personal connection to Gatepath’s mission of creating a world where people of all abilities are fully accepted, respected and included. At this memorable event, you will be inspired by Farrell’s story and the stories of people with developmental disabilities who have made extraordinary achievements and accomplishments when given the opportunity to reach for their dreams.

Farrell, who has a 13-year-old son diagnosed with Angelman syndrome, will share his insights and journey as a parent in a heart-warming conversation moderated by esteemed Bay Area news anchor and journalist Diane Dwyer. The accomplished Irish-born actor won a Golden Globe for his role in “In Bruges” and is celebrating a Globe nomination for “The Lobster”.

“As the parent of a child with special needs, I have learned that disability is often imposed upon a person. Yet what one person deems a disability, another person deems a challenge and, most importantly, an opportunity to show the strength and deep reserve of the human spirit,” Farrell said. “Raising a son with special needs gives me a new perspective on living and thriving with disabilities.”

The Power of Possibilities is known for its powerful keynote speakers. Last year, actress and activist Holly Robinson-Peete gave an inspiring speech regarding her son with autism. Popular Glee actress Lauren Potter, and former San Francisco 49er quarterback Steve Young were also previous guest speakers.

Gatepath is celebrating 96 years of serving children, youth and adults with special needs and developmental disabilities in the Bay Area and providing support to families.

“We are honored to have Colin Farrell join us at this very memorable event,” said Gatepath CEO Bryan Neider. “His voice and personal perspective can truly help raise awareness about the importance and value of creating a culture of acceptance and inclusion in all aspects of life.”

Tickets on sale now. There are a limited number of the tickets available. Learn more about this event or reserve your seat today at www.gatepath.org/POP.

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