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Molly Adams

Molly Adams

City/Town: Andover

Place of Employment: McDonalds

Two things I like to do in my free time:

1. Horseback riding

2. Zen coloring books

I want to make a difference in the community by advocating for myself and people with Down syndrome by speaking and sharing things about my life.

My dreams and goals include:

  • Getting married and having kids
  • Becoming a better home cook by learning knife and other cooking skills
  • Stepping out of my comfort zone and becoming a better horseback rider

 

Michael Avakian

Michael Avakian

City/Town: Bedford

Place of Employment: Stop & Shop

Two things I like to do in my free time:

1. Go to the movies with friends

2. Hang out with my brothers

I like to make friendships and bonds. As a Council member, I want to create opportunities for people to meet.

My dreams and goals include being the greatest artist on this planet like Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci! 

 

Kate Bartlett

Kate Bartlett

City/Town: Arlington

Place of Employment: Aquent, a small staffing company in Boston

Two things I like to do in my free time:

1. Write

2. Hang out with friends

I would like to inspire the world by helping to make our community to include people with Down syndrome and disabilities.

My dreams and goals include:

  • Becoming a famous writer
  • Being on Glee the TV show when it comes back on TV
  • I would like to continue to lose weight
  • Be move involved in my community to make a difference

 

Jillian Berube

Jillian Berube

City/Town: Westminster

Place of Employment: TJ Maxx

School: Mount Wachusett Community College 

Two things I like to do in my free time:

1. Write lyrics

2. Use the guitar

I want to make a difference as a member of the SAAC- I want to help younger families with advocating for their children to have inclusion.

My dreams and goals include:

  • To be a singer
  • To pass my HiSET
  • To get paid working with children
  • To help families advocate for inclusion in school?

 

Graham Campbell

Graham CampbellCity/Town: Lexington

Place of Employment: Options in Belmont; Barbershop in Lexington

Two things I like to do in my free time:

1. I play sports, all kinds, like basketball, soccer, tandem biking, and working out.

2. I really like music. I play piano, and I sometimes go to the opera. I like singing in my chorus in the bass section.

I want to make a difference as a member of the SAAC- I want people to make a lot of friends!

 

Philip Donahue

Phil D. Philip Donahue was born on Christmas day, and is the youngest of 10 children. Philip began his education at the Lark’s Nest nursery school and then went on to Lowell public schools through the ninth grade. His high school education was at the Greater Lowell Vocational Technical High School in Tyngsboro, MA where his course was in Maintenance.

Philip has had a variety of jobs since his graduation from GLVTHS. His first job was for the James L. Cooney Insurance Company where he was a maintenance worker. He then went to work at the Courthouse Fitness Center on the cleaning staff. For 14 years now, he has been employed by Demoulas/Marketbasket grocery chain as a bagger and Customer Service Representative. He works five hours a day, five days per week.

Philip enjoys training for and going to the Special Olympics where he participates in track and the javelin. He serves as a Client Board Member of R.A.R.A. (Remarkable, Active, Resilient, Adults) and participates in many of their activities. He also serves on the Advisory Committee of the GLVTHS. He is a member of the Mill City Workout Center where he trains and works out three times per week.

Philip loves to watch old movies and wrestling on TV and anything to do with Harry Potter. He loves to email all of his brothers and sisters and Google everything on his computer. He also loves to spend time cleaning his room and arranging and re-arranging things.

 

John Dunleavy

John DunleavyCity/Town: Winchester

Place of employment: Boston Bruins Foundation

Two things I like to do in my free time:

1. Be Team Manager for my high school football team

2. Hang out with friends and family and cheer on all of our Boston sports teams!

I want to make a difference as a member of SAAC by creating more social opportunities.

  

Peter Johnson

Peter J. City/Town: Newton

Place of employment: O'Hara's Food & Spirits

Two things I like to do in my free time:

1. Watch WWE (Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment)

2. Exercise

Other- Facebook

I want to make a difference as a member of the SAAC by speaking about the importance of special needs adults and how they make you feel.

Some of my dreams and goals include:

  • Have a child with Down syndrome
  • Be a MDSC speaker
  • Be a special guest in a WWE ring
  • Travel trained (to be on my own)

 

Ben Majewski

City/Town: Newton

Places of Employment: Mass General Hospital, O'Haras Restaurant, Boston Red Sox

Two things I like to do in my free time:

1. Check email and Facebook and play basketball

2. Hang out with friends and housemates

I make a different in my community by doing a lot of volunteering. I help serve dinner at Rosie's Place in the Back Bay.

My dreams and goals include marrying my girlfriend and raising a family.

Growing up with Down syndrome means that some people might look at you differently but you can still do a lot of the same things other people do. Sometimes you need extra help.

 

Chris May

Chris MayMy name is Chris May.  I passed the MCAS and graduated from Newton South High School in 2008. After High School I attended the Riverview School and the Cape Cod Community College for 2 years.  I am currently living at home, taking classes at the Mass Bay Community College for Web Design and working at the local Star Market three days a week. When I am not working or at school I enjoy taking pictures and playing tennis. I am a member of the Handi Racket tennis team. I started taking pictures for the Newton South Track, Football and Baseball teams when I was a sophomore in high school and have continued to enjoy taking pictures ever since.  I also like taking pictures of nature and people.

 

 

Tiffany Moore

Tiffany MooreCity/Town: Ashby

Place(s) of Employment: South Street Elementary School (during school year) and Market Basket (during summer)

Two things I like to do in my free time: 

1. Being healthy and eating healthier

2. Swimming, basketball, movies and hanging out with my friends and respite worker

As a SAAC member, I'm working on advocating for myself and others with special needs. I'm also on my local Citizens Advisory Board (CAB) and a member of Mass Advocates Standing Strong (M.A.S.S.). 

 

Felicia Patti

Felicia Patti

 City/Town: North Reading

 Place of Employment: Nan's Restaurant

 Two things I like to do in my free time:

 1. Dance

 2. Go to acting classes

 I want to let people know that adults with Down syndrome are not little kids- they are adults just like them and want to be treated that way.

My dreams and goals include being an actress and some day getting a boyfriend and hopefully getting married and living on my own.

 

Ned Reichenbach

Ned R.

City/Town: Newton

Place of Employment: Johnnie's Luncheonette

 Two things I like to do in my free time:

 1. Play the drums

 2. Play all different sports

I want to make the rights that people with disabilities are entitled to available to them. I want to speak up for people who cannot or have trouble speaking up for themselves.

My dreams and goals include being a special agent for the FBI.

 

 

 

Melissa Joy Reilly

Melissa ReillyMelissa is a self-advocate, a Special Olympics athlete and a Special Olympics Global-Messenger. She graduated from the Middlesex Community College Transition Program in 2010 and continues to take classes there. Melissa is an intern at the State House for Senator James Eldridge and a classroom assistant at the Learning Program of Boston.

As a self-advocate Melissa makes presentations about various aspects of her life to many different organizations. Melissa has presented the keynote address at many events. Through public speaking Melissa shows the world that people with intellectual difference are very able and have dreams just like everyone else.

In 2005 she represented the USA as an alpine skier at the Special Olympics World Games in Nagano, Japan and received a silver medal in the slalom. In May 2010 Melissa was inducted into the Special Olympics Hall of Fame at a gala held at Boston University’s Agannis Arena.  

Melissa is looking forward to living independently and continuing to be an advocate for people with Down syndrome. 


Louis Sciuto

Louis SciutoCity/Town: North Andover

Places of Employment: TJMaxx and Market Basket

Two things I like to do in my free time:

1. Watch movies

2. Ride my bike

I want to make a difference as a member of the Council by helping others have fun!

My dreams and goals include having a girlfriend and getting married. 


Ashley Wolfe

Ashley WolfeMy name is Ashley Wolfe. I live on my own, and I do everything myself including taking care of my personal basic need to be practicing stress management skills. I love doing expressive, creative art work and poetry writing. In my free time I also like doing active exercising and cooking and eating organic/ soy food. I love doing relaxation and meditation techniques and socially connecting with other people (having social dates and going out).

What I do for work is important because of the field that I'm in and the type of research that I do: Participatory Action Research. I play a very important role from within the Institute for Community Inclusion where I work.  I like it because it is what I want to do. It is what I believe in- making better ways to improve the lives of all young people with ID/DD in the Commonwealth and doing cutting edge research and making outcomes for every person that has a ID/DD. To make a better world to live in.

I have many accomplishments. The ones that stand out the most for me was that I got the chance to win my very first ever National Arc Award in Denver, Colorado. When I was given this I was in shock but the feeling was truly amazing because I was the first person with a ID/DD to actually receive it. This was huge!  I was also presented with a Proclamation from the New York State Senate, starred in ‘Jewel’ with Farrah Fawcett, and starred in ‘Mr. Blue Sky’. You can click here to see a trailer of the movie Mr. Blue Sky.

I attended to a two year program at Lesley University called the Threshold Program and I was the second person with Down syndrome to graduate on time. I received a certificate in business services. I also attended Cortiva Muscular Institute for massage therapy for one year and got a certificate of completion. I graduated from there and have my own table and books.