As the model for the 2013 developmental disabilities awareness poster, little Carly Koyano was on hand at a recent ceremony for the poster’s unveiling. She, along with many others in attendance, cheered when they saw the poster for the first time.
The Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities, the ARC Oregon and the DHS Office of Developmental Disability Services recently held a community event to acknowledge the closing of March as Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.
The theme of the event and the month was high expectations.
In addition to the unveiling of this year’s poster with Carly as the model, another highlight of the event was the appearance a young man from Lake Oswego who exemplifies high expectations, Cameron Lasley, also known in the music world as Laz D. Born with Down Syndrome, Cameron shared his music with the audience and talked about how his friends and family supported him to excel in pursuit of his dreams. He talked about how they said “Go For it,” which is the title of his newest CD coming out in a few months. To learn more about Cameron, go to his website: www.Laz-D.com
The Council also announced their annual champion award winners. This year the winners were Angela Martinez and Molly Holsapple. Champion awards are given to individuals for passion and dedication in support of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Both Angela and Molly were recognized for positively impacting the lives of many Oregonians.