Saturday, February 2, 2013

John T Farley to serve as board member for the NDSC

by Kelli Polatty from The Commercial Appeal:
John T. Farley spent a week in Washington at the National Down Syndrome Congress Convention.
As part of the convention, he spent one day meeting with Tennessee Senators and Congressmen to encourage their support of legislature that affects individuals with Down syndrome and other disabilities.
A few of the issues Farley spoke about included:
  • The ABLE Act (Achieving a Better Life Experience): would allow individuals with disabilities the right to have savings above $2,000 without affecting other benefits.
  • Down Syndrome Research Funding: Requesting more funds be allotted within National Institution of Health to research medical conditions that are prominent with Trisomy 21.
  • Keeping all Students Safe Act: Banning the use of restraints and seclusion in public schools.
Five years ago Farley began his run for the board of directors of the National Down Syndrome Congress. Each year the self advocates select one of their peers to represent them on the national board. Only one is voted in annually, and some years as many as 20 individuals run for this position.
Last year they selected Farley as their representative. He will serve a three-year term.
The 2013 NDSC convention will be held in Denver, July 19-22. This is an educational opportunity for young adults with disabilities, their parents, and educators. For more information go to
Kelli Polatty is the communications manager for the Down Syndrome Association of Memphis and the Mid-South, 2893 S. Mendenhall Road Suite 3, Memphis.

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