Speakers Bureau – Melissa Silverman

Melissa Silverman – Owings Mills, MD

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Hi! My name is Melissa Silverman. I am 25 years old and live in Owings Mills, Maryland.

I graduated from high school in June 2001with a full academic diploma from the State of Maryland. I attended 2 years at the Community College of Baltimore County where I earned a 90-hour child care certification. I am a teacher’s aide in a pre-school where I work with 3 and 4 year old children.

I am a member of the Chesapeake Down Syndrome Parent Group and the “Circle of Friends” (“the girls club”). The “Circle of Friends”, along with the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Amy Newhall, started the Brightside Project in the spring of 2006. The Brightside Project is a group of young adults with Down syndrome who mentor younger people, also with Down syndrome.

I enjoy speaking to various groups such as parents, teachers, future teachers, graduate and high school students and religious groups about Down syndrome. My speeches always include what terrific possibilities there are for people with Down syndrome and I use myself as a positive example. In addition to this, I always make magic a part of my presentation because my dad and I perform professionally all over the country.

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