My name is Sara Wolff. I am 24 years old and My Great Story is about my Public Speaking. I'd first like to share a little bit about myself with you. I definitely have something unique about me, and that is an extra 21st chromosome, called Down syndrome...which, by the way, has never stopped me from doing anything! I don't think of myself as having "DOWN" syndrome but "UP" syndrome because I am an upbeat and positive person. I have been raised with the motto "Never" say "Never" and the words "I can't" don't exist. "Inclusion" began the moment I was born. My family included me in everything they did. I was fortunate to have parents who believed in me. I was a fully included student from pre-school through high school graduation, and college. My biggest accomplishment was organizing a Buddy Walk' as my senior graduation project. The event was a huge success and I was honored for my efforts at the 2002 NDSS Annual Spring Luncheon with Barbara Walters. It was a life changing experience and one that will be forever etched in my memory. It was my 1st time speaking in public, I was excited, not nervous, and loved sharing my experiences. I knew from that moment on, public speaking was something I wanted to do. Since then my speaking experiences have ranged from small groups such as churches, schools, and community organizations to large events like the NDSS Saint Louis Conference and other Buddy Walks'. Regardless of the size of the audience, I feel good knowing I can inspire people and make a difference. Being a part of the 2008 NDSS Buddy Walk' PSA with Meredith Vieira was very special. Knowing that my public speaking could have the ability to change hearts and attitudes towards individuals with Down syndrome was really inspiring. Also, it was totally awesome to act with Meredith Vieira. She is an amazing person with a genuine heart. I am honored and humbled to be a part of the "My Great Story" campaign. I felt like a celebrity for a day. I encourage all individuals with Down syndrome to share their story. We all have "A Great Story" to tell because we are all unique individuals who should be proud of, who we are.