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Advocate in Action
Advocate in Action

I am an eager advocate for people with intellectual disabilities. Born in 1977 on the University of Wisconsin " Madison campus, I am the oldest of four children in the Egan family. For over a decade I have been a clerk in the Distribution Center at Booz Allen and Hamilton in McLean, Virginia, where I am treated as a full staff member with all of the related benefits and expectations. You can watch a video of my work filmed by NDSS (LAUNCH: Careers for People with Down Syndrome on YouTube). My CEO believes in inclusion, human dignity and employing people with disabilities. He says: "It is good for the individual, the company and the society at large."' I was selected as the first ever Board Member of the Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia (there are two of us right now). I also serve as a Board Member of Special Olympics Virginia and I am an honorary member of the Parents of Exceptional Children (POEC). While I work during the day and keep busy with community activities, I also love athletics and enjoy competing in soccer, basketball, softball, swimming (specializing in the 100-meter individual medley), and even speed skating when I was younger. However, my current dream and passion is to win the hearts and open the minds of many, advocating for inclusion, dignity and respect in all aspects of life at the local, national and international levels. I have received numerous awards such as the Heroes Award from Special Olympics International (2002), the Voices Award from the National Down Syndrome Society (2003) in New York City, the Virginia H. Foster Winning Spirit Award from Special Olympics Virginia (2006) and the Dan Piper Award from the National Down Syndrome Society in Vancouver, Canada (2006) at the 9th World Down Syndrome Congress. I am thankful for being a naturally gifted communicator both in casual conversations and in more formal speaking engagements such as an invited keynote speaker at the National Down Syndrome Society conference in Washington, D.C. (2002), the World Congress held in Vancouver, Canada (2006), and the Affiliates in Action Conference in Arizona (2007). I speak at various fund-raising events, building awareness and thanking supporters for their involvement promoting the image and contributions of people with disabilities. I am also a published writer, including an article titled "Dare to Dream" in Spirit Magazine (2000) and the forward for my 6th grade teacher Rachelle Zola's book "Simple Successes" (2006). I have accepted numerous invitations to speak on Capitol Hill in support of people with disabilities in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, and I dream of one day speaking, working (and perhaps playing basketball) at the White House.




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Kay Merrell, United States, VA
2/17/2011 9:30:57 PM
Hurray David - we are proud of you.

Brandon Loftus, United States, VA
2/1/2011 10:34:11 AM
Great work David!

Lisa Behun, United States, VA
2/1/2011 7:48:02 AM
We are looking forward to having you plunge with us this year in Norfolk! You are a true inspiration!

Derek Moyer, United States,
2/1/2011 6:42:57 AM
another wondeful job David...We are all so proud of you!!

Lee Buskey, United States, VA
1/31/2011 11:21:51 PM
We are proud to have David as a memer of our staff at Booz Allen, and we in the Norfolk office are looking forward to meeting David in person when he comes to join us for the Polar Plunge. David is clearly a advocate and a leader.

Nayla Manneh, United States, CA
1/28/2011 10:08:01 PM
Great job. You are a true inspiration. I am very proud of your achievements.

Maria Rita Jaramillo, United States, VA
1/28/2011 10:00:11 AM
Congratulations on another impressive accomplisment. Felicidades. Rita and Bill

Kathy Hurst, United States, CA
1/26/2011 12:33:45 PM
David, you are a wonderful representative for Special Olympics with awesome athletic abilities and speaking talents. Good Luck!

Matthew Philipp, United States, VA
1/26/2011 12:18:52 AM
Despite all of awards he has won and the many famous people he has mingled with, my favorite thing about David is how he is still able to remain a down-to-earth, all around good guy!

David Thomason, United States, VA
1/25/2011 12:39:51 PM
David--job well done, as always.

Antoine D. Nesnas, United States, CA
1/25/2011 9:23:29 AM
This is a story that gives hope to many, not only those with down syndrome disabilities, but to others as well. It urges employers not to hesitate to include in their ranks people with disabilities and give them a chance to express themselves in their achievements.

Suhair Nesnas, United States, CA
1/25/2011 9:07:50 AM
Great job David. You make us proud!

Joseph Suarez, United States, MD
1/25/2011 3:08:32 AM
Great job David.

Rosemarie Schwartz, United States, MD
1/25/2011 2:45:22 AM
I have had the privilege of hearing David address Special Olympics. He is a phenomenal speaker and an inspiration to all of us. Way to go, David!

Miranda Fulk, United States, VA
1/25/2011 2:33:28 AM
Travis wants you to invite him when you play basketball at the White House :)

Johnny Manneh, United States, CA
1/24/2011 3:34:00 PM
Great Work David....

Nasri Nesnas, United States, FL
1/24/2011 2:08:18 PM
Excellent and impressive contributions David. You give hope to many and open up numerous opportunities that are otherwise unimaginable. I am proud to have a cousin like you. All the best to you and keep up this amazing successful momentum. Nasri

Kathleen Egan, United States, VA
1/24/2011 1:54:42 PM
We are proud of David

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