2015 was a great year; I just wanted to recap everything that has happened. I have taken many road tests, failed at 4 of them. I passed my fifth one and woo hoo; I am official NYS licensed driver.
Sadly I lost my Grandma in July, I really miss her but I know she is with God now and that is good!
In August I went to an open casting call for a movie called American Dresser. Awhile later I got a phone call from them to be an extra in the movie that they were shooting here in Syracuse. It was a scene where I was walking behind the two stars Keith David and Tom Bergeron. That was super awesome and although it was a paid extra I think my check is finally going to come this week. I hope we get to see my name when the credits roll.
I took a required noncredit writing class at Lemoyne College last semester, I passed that, I am trying to improve on my writing and proofreading and trying to do the same with my blogging with tips that I learned from my class.
I have been selected as the National 2016 Champion of Change Self-Advocate of the year award, and I am super excited. I am going to receive the award in person in Washington DC in April. WOW, what an honor!
The ABLE act went to the Governor Cuomo and he signed it the week just before Christmas. I have been pushing and advocating for this for a long time, so my friends and I can keep more money in our accounts and not live below the poverty level. This was awesome and later in January I have an appointment with Senator DeFrancisco to thank him personally for voting on it, and bringing it to the Governor’s attention. I met with the Senator a couple of times and called him many times to help push it along. I think I will also try and meet with Senator Valesky and thank him for voting for it as well!
I have been blessed to have been invited to speak at many venues throughout this past year. I hope to continue next year so I can keep advocating and telling my story. I feel like when I am speaking to these groups I am not only educating them, I am learning from them as well as they are learning from me.
I have been competing in Special Olympics and doing well, I have medaled in Floor Hockey in Syracuse, Track and Field in Brockport and Bocce in Queensbury. With my parents and friends, I’ve practiced Track, Softball, Soccer, Bowling and Floor Hockey. I’ve been a fan for my friends cheering them on as well.
I was honored when asked to become a Special Olympic Congressional Ambassador, we meet periodically to discuss public speaking and we represent other athletes. We bring them new initiatives, like I MOVE.
I continue to work at Gigi’s Playhouse in Syracuse, I have been there over three years now and love it, love meeting new families and kissing babies. I hope I am a roll model for families of people with Down Syndrome. They continue to grow and add new programs for people with Down syndrome. Currently we are working on making you tubes so stay tuned to watch some of those.
I have been interning at the Congressman Katko’s office since April, I love working there and being with my fellow co-workers and getting an inside view of how the government works. I hope to help when the Congressman starts campaigning here in Syracuse. I hope to be able to let everyone know what a nice guy he is and how much he helps everyone in the 24th District.
You can see what busy year it has been, and I am so looking forward to what 2016 will bring! Happy New Year everyone.
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