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Board Appoints First Member With Down Syndrome
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 2, 2005

FORT WAYNE, INDIANA--David Miller was just appointed to a three-year term on the board of Down Syndrome Association of Northeastern Indiana.

And, as an editorial in the Fort Wayne News Sentinel note, it was "an obvious move".

Miller, 40, is the first member of the board who has Down syndrome.

Board president Julie Tutwiler -- who has a child with Down syndrome -- said members realized that even though they were helping families, they were not meeting the needs of people with Down syndrome. Miller was brought on board to help them understand those needs.

Miller works as a bagger and cashier at a local grocery store and speaks at local organizations about Down syndrome.

"If more people had contact with people with Down syndrome, they could understand it more," he explained.

"David Miller offers firsthand perspective on Down syndrome" (Fort Wayne News Sentinel)
Editorial: "Another step forward" (Fort Wayne News Sentinel)


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