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Kayla McKeon


Kayla McKeon, at just thirty-one years old, is making history. The motivational speaker and manager of grassroots advocacy for the National Down Syndrome Society will be sworn in during March 2019 by the White House to serve on the President’s Committee on People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID). She is also the first registered lobbyist in Washington, D.C. that happens to have Down Syndrome.

Kayla, of North Syracuse, has the eyes and ears of many of our elected officials as she advocates to end sub-minimum wage for people with disabilities and improve marriage and equality laws so that people with disabilities can marry without losing benefits. In New York, Kayla was also involved in the recently released identification cards to help people with developmental disabilities in emergency situations. Her internship with Congressman John Katko in Syracuse gave her a strong foundation for her current work.

It is Kayla’s goal to make her voice heard far and wide, not only in Central New York, but far beyond. She utilizes Facebook, her own blog and a podcast, Kayla’s Corner, geared to elected officials and businessmen to advocate on disability and employment issues.

And that is what makes Kayla One of a Kind.