Lee Jones – Kansas City, MO
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Lee graduated from Graceland University in Iowa in 2000 with a B.A. degree in Recreation and a minor in Theatre. Since that time, he has been living independently and pursuing a career that utilizes his education and experience. Presently, he is a fitness attendant at Sylvester Powell Community Center in Mission, KS and has been certified as a personal trainer. Wednesdays are one of his favorite days because he teaches an exercise class for people with disabilities called “Fitness with Lee” He is also an intern at the Kauffman Foundation where he works in the legal department.
Lee is a former board member of the NDSC and currently serves on the Self-Advocates Council. In 1997, he received the Outstanding Citizen Award – given by National Down Syndrome Congress in recognition of his actions creating a positive public awareness through work as a leader and role model.
In 2003, he was asked to be a keynote speaker at the NDSC national conference and he spoke to a group of 1400 attendees on setting and achieving goals. Since that time, he has traveled to more than ten states to present at many state and local conferences and the feedback has been outstanding.
Everyone, whether they have a disability or not, has the right to have their very own dreams. Dreams let you explore the future without being tied to what is reasonable or expected. They let you be free to imagine what you want and what is important to you. But at some point, it is important to turn your most important dreams into the reality of actually living those dreams. Goals and planning can get you there. The purpose of Lee’s speech is to use his experience as both a person with dreams and a person with Down syndrome to explain the benefits of setting goals and not letting words like “reasonable expectations” stand in the way. Lee will use his experience to give you some examples of how to do this.
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