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The Public Speaker
The Public Speaker

My name is Sara Wolff. I am 24 years old and My Great Story is about my Public Speaking. I'd first like to share a little bit about myself with you. I definitely have something unique about me, and that is an extra 21st chromosome, called Down syndrome...which, by the way, has never stopped me from doing anything! I don't think of myself as having "DOWN" syndrome but "UP" syndrome because I am an upbeat and positive person. I have been raised with the motto "Never" say "Never" and the words "I can't" don't exist. "Inclusion" began the moment I was born. My family included me in everything they did. I was fortunate to have parents who believed in me. I was a fully included student from pre-school through high school graduation, and college. My biggest accomplishment was organizing a Buddy Walk' as my senior graduation project. The event was a huge success and I was honored for my efforts at the 2002 NDSS Annual Spring Luncheon with Barbara Walters. It was a life changing experience and one that will be forever etched in my memory. It was my 1st time speaking in public, I was excited, not nervous, and loved sharing my experiences. I knew from that moment on, public speaking was something I wanted to do. Since then my speaking experiences have ranged from small groups such as churches, schools, and community organizations to large events like the NDSS Saint Louis Conference and other Buddy Walks'. Regardless of the size of the audience, I feel good knowing I can inspire people and make a difference. Being a part of the 2008 NDSS Buddy Walk' PSA with Meredith Vieira was very special. Knowing that my public speaking could have the ability to change hearts and attitudes towards individuals with Down syndrome was really inspiring. Also, it was totally awesome to act with Meredith Vieira. She is an amazing person with a genuine heart. I am honored and humbled to be a part of the "My Great Story" campaign. I felt like a celebrity for a day. I encourage all individuals with Down syndrome to share their story. We all have "A Great Story" to tell because we are all unique individuals who should be proud of, who we are.

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Tracy Charles, United States, NY
4/19/2015 7:58:56 PM
Wow, you are truly an inspiration and I admire your strength, and confidence. I wanted to know would you be willing to share your inspirational story to a college community? How far will you be willing to travel if you do, and how much would you charge? I am a Therapeutic Recreation Major and I would love to share your story with my college community.

Brandy, United States, LA
8/8/2014 11:51:16 PM
How far do you travel to speak and how much do you charge?

christine risteen , United States, MA
2202011 10:18:58 AM
Great story sara, you're an inspiration!!

Angela Stanley, India,
07/08/2012 23:19:02
Very True !!

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