Self-Advocates

Annie Forts  The Annie Forts “UP” Syndrome Fund, Inc. was created to assist and encourage young people with Down syndrome.

Chris Burke is one of America’s favorite personalities. Through his work he has single-handedly transformed America’s image of the mentally and physically handicapped. Chris is also a spokesperson for the National Down Syndrome Society.

Going To College This site helps high school students learn about college life. Video clips, activities and resources help students get a head start in planning for college.

Karen Gaffney received her high school diploma from St. Mary’s Academy in Portland, Oregon in 1997. Having completed all of the Oregon State requirements for a regular high school diploma. She completed requirements for an AS degree and a certificate to be a teacher’s aide at Portland Community College in March 2001.

Michael Jurogue Johnson is a full time artist. Art is his job. He paints almost every day and he also works in the cottage industry that has developed from his talent. Michael was born with Down syndrome, but he was also born with a sense of wonder, an ability to appreciate simple things, a good sense of humor, and the determination to communicate with others. Art opened up Michael’s world.

Rachel Roberts has had an overwhelming desire to produce a coloring book with large, easy to color drawings, for children with special needs, such as herself, so they too could begin learning to read the way she did.. with sight words. Rachel was born with Down syndrome, however with her self motivation, encouragement and guidance of her family, some dedicated teachers… and God, she is striving to reach her potential.

Sujeet Dasai graduated with honors from high school, has been accepted to a music academy, plays violin, piano, clarinet and bass clarinet, has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, rides his jet ski, and much, much more. Oh yeah, he just happens to have Down syndrome.