Motivational speaker Mark Hublar receives statewide honor | Information

NEW ALBANY — A New Albany resident has obtained statewide recognition for his work advocating for folks with disabilities.

Mark Hublar, 57, is a neighborhood motivational speaker with Down syndrome. His enterprise, Mark J. Hublar Speaks, was one among 22 companies chosen for the Hoosier Enterprise in Motion award, a brand new initiative via Indiana’s Workplace of Fairness, Inclusion and Alternative.

That is the primary yr of the Hoosier Enterprise in Motion program. Mark obtained the award July 19 at a ceremony in Indianapolis.

He has traveled throughout the nation as a motivational speaker, and he has obtained many awards for his work through the years. He has spoken to companies, nonprofits, authorities leaders, colleges and oldsters to assist folks perceive the necessity for supporting folks with disabilities and permitting them to achieve their full potential.

“I opened my enterprise to assist my buddies out — [to help] people with disabilities,” Mark stated. “It feels good to assist them.”

One in every of Mark’s fundamental focuses is the significance of job alternatives for folks with disabilities. Though his full-time job is public talking, he additionally works part-time at Low cost Labels, a printing enterprise in New Albany.

By way of his advocacy, he helps people with disabilities discover jobs that provide an excellent paycheck and permit them to “dwell a full lifetime of their very own,” he stated.

His father, Al Hublar, stated his household is “very happy with Mark.”

“We type of anticipated loads, and we’ve by no means been disillusioned,” he stated. “He’s far exceeded our expectations by way of residing on his personal. He has an excellent life.”

He’s a New Albany Excessive Faculty graduate, and he graduated from Jefferson Neighborhood Technical Faculty in 2016 with a significant in public talking, which led to his profession. He has been employed, paid his personal payments and lived on his personal since age 24.

He credit the assist of his buddies — together with these he met via the Down Syndrome of Louisville group — for his success and the awards he has obtained.

Mark obtained a letter from Karrah Herring, the state’s chief fairness, inclusion & alternative officer, saying the award acknowledges his “success serving and representing the residents of New Albany and Southeast Indiana.” The state will spotlight Mark Hublar Speaks all year long via the Hoosier Enterprise in Motion initiative.

He’s an inspiration to many youthful people with disabilities, Al stated.

“A lot of the publicity now could be with the youthful group,” he stated. “It’s all the time speaking about what you are able to do — effectively, Mark’s already completed it.”

In his profession as a public speaker, Mark’s strengths embody his confidence, organizational expertise and his caring perspective towards others. When Mark will get in entrance of an viewers, he “blossoms,” Al stated.

“All of us have skills, and it’s a matter of matching our skills to the job we have now,” he stated. “When you do this, the whole lot comes pure, and that’s what comes pure to Mark — to be in entrance of a bunch.”

Mark has made an actual distinction as an advocate for these with disabilities, his father stated.

“It’s been good to see the modifications he could make, the impression he could make on not solely self-advocates, but additionally mother and father,” he stated. “So many mother and father take into consideration ‘what my son or daughter can’t do.’ It’s not about what they will’t do, it’s what they will do when you give them the chance to achieve their full potential, and that’s what his message is.”

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