East Hanover, NJ  In mid-November, nearly 100 local students with disabilities attended Norvartis'  12th Annual Disability Mentoring Day. 

The keynote speaker, character designer, animator, and illustrator Joshua Leonard, introduced the students to Team Supreme, his unique team of super heroes whose disabilities become their superpowers. He shared his personal story about how throughout his life, he persevered when faced with adversity and challenges.  During the day, the students contributed to the design of a superhero and witnessed his creative process.

“Disability Mentoring Day is about inspiring students to design their future,” remarked Victor Bulto, President of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. “Joshua Leonard’s perseverance and creativity inspired the students.  His work helps students focus on their strengths so that they can imagine the education and work possibilities available to them after high school.”

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The program aimed to inspire the students to celebrate their strengths.

 “You can do anything you can imagine.  Nobody can be you.  Find your own superpower and be yourself.” Leonard told the students.

National Disability Mentoring Day is sponsored nationally by the American Association of People with Disabilities.