“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” – Hellen Keller
Today, I joined the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte and Holy Angels in Charlotte, North Carolina to recognize and honor a true champion for the Down syndrome and disability community – Senator Richard Burr (R-NC).
We were greeted by the Holy Angels Hand Bell Choir, which set the tone for an incredible evening. Over the years, I’ve heard Senator Burr use the famous quote from Hellen Keller above to characterize our nine-year #passtheABLEact journey. Tonight, I was reminded how proud I am that we never lost our “vision” and we always knew we were doing the right thing for people with Down syndrome! Senator Burr (and his amazing team) agree, and always stuck by NDSS and the disability community, and ultimately played an instrumental leadership role in helping us pass this monumental law. Tonight was a very special way to pay tribute to an incredible leader and true champion for people with Down syndrome in the US Senate!
A special thanks to the leadership of the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte for embracing advocacy as part of their mission, especially their Executive Director Kathryn Lariviere and Board Member Michael Overcash.
DSAGC and Holy Angels showed me some true southern hospitality this evening in Charlotte – I can’t remember the last time that I received an adorable candy bouquet (thank you, Cherubs Cafe!). Can‘t wait to share this with our team at NDSS tomorrow…