In the Media

Here are some of my public appearances and media clippings!

This is a Documentary of me, done by Syracuse University Newhouse students.

The Life of a Champion

Kayla at SU speaking about ending the R word, article by the Daily Orange.

Kayla and Senator Schumer speaking about the ABLE act.’ >


 I gave the Keynote speech at the NYC Realtors and Construction Gala for Special Olympics in New York City. Check out the video: 

  • I delivered the keynote speech and welcome the Special Olympics athletes to Central New York. You can see a video of the opening ceremonies here on
  • I auditioned for and was chosen for the National Down Syndrome Research Treatment Foundation’s PLUS 15 Video – see it at
  • I was a 2010 Joshua O’Neill and Zeshan Tabani Enrichment Fund Recipient – see my picture on page 5 of the NDSS Oct. 2010 E-Newsletter: [pdf]
  • An article published by YNN Central New York about the Special Olympics events in Seneca Falls: Special Olympics head to Seneca Falls
  • This is a speech I gave in a Central Square elementary school
  • Here is a newspaper article from the Syracuse Post-Standard about the Special Olympics.
  • This is me addressing the association members at the NYSRDA annual meeting
  • Here I am accepting a donation from Pirate’s Cove Marina on behalf of the Special Olympics
  • I was named a Sunny Sensational Kid by Sunny102 radio:

    Kayla McKeon, a junior at Cicero-North Syracuse HS, an excellent student who has been on the honor roll, volunteers at church, does theater at SU, and is an inspiration to others with Down syndrome.