BFAIR Annual Meeting to Feature Self-Advocate With Down Syndrome

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Berkshire Family and Individual Resources will host its annual meeting on Friday, April 17, at the Williams Inn.  

The breakfast, set to begin at 7:30 a.m., will include the presentation of several awards for employee recognition, as well as the recognition of the community employer of the year.  Additionally, the chairman of the board will offer remarks on the organization’s continued success and growth through 2014.

The keynote address at the meeting will be offered by John Anton. Anton is a young man with down syndrome who is a self-advocate and a legislative specialist with the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress.  In 2013, he was able to live out a lifelong dream, advocating for disability policy at the highest level of government, when he interned for U.S. Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington.  

Anton's address for the April event is titled “My Journey to Independence.” In addition to the keynote address at the breakfast, he will facilitate an additional breakout session from 10 a.m. to noon, also at the Williams Inn, that will focus on self-determination and legislative advocacy.  Service providers and community members are encouraged to attend.

Celebrating 20 years of serving people with disabilities throughout the Berkshires, BFAIR has worked diligently to offer positive and successful programming, while continuing to seek to cultivate donors. This past year’s programmatic successes accompanied a financially successful miniature golf tournament and annual campaign. The annual campaign was supported by friends, family members of individuals with disabilities, employees and the greater community to the sum of just over $17,000.

To attend the annual meeting and/or the breakout session, RSVP by April 10 to Carol Fox at 413-664-9382, ext. 40, or cfox@bfair.org.  A suggested donation of $10 may be made at the door.


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