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Advocate Profile: Casey Henderson

Casey with a huge smile, holding a large cut out sign that reads "#CoachEducation" in such a way that the sign casts a shadow on the field

D: What is something people generally don’t know about you? C: My name (Casey) means 'brave.' The Special Olympics Athlete Oath states, "If I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." I think that's a cool connection and makes me feel closer to the movement!

D: What gets your fired up about the disability movement? C: Example: An adult with Down syndrome is still an adult. In spite of known or perceived cognitive functioning, don't baby talk or treat that person like a child. This gets me fired up! People have the power to enable stereotypes or craft a new narrative in the way they speak to people with cognitive disabilities.

D: What is your advocacy platform? C: I work in disability services and utilize my own new media channels to promote and educate people about disability topics.

D: What barriers or challenges do you face in this movement? C: Perception. I am no glorifying figure because I work in disability services. People aren't charities. Businesses are. The more people understand that it doesn't take "a special kind of person" to work with or know people with disabilities, the more accessible people in the world can become to one another. What if I work in disability services because I simply enjoy and believe in people with disabilities? There doesn't need to be a hero.

D: How do we follow you?! Instagram: @CSkyeH

Twitter: @CSkyeH

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