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Will McMillan, Erin Brooks of the Pujols Family Foundation, and Matt Moore met with legislators during Down Syndrome Day on the Hill on March 21. Photo by Erin Kice/DSAMT.

Will McMillan, Erin Brooks of the Pujols Family Foundation, and Matt Moore met with legislators during Down Syndrome Day on the Hill on March 21. Photo by Erin Kice/DSAMT.

Down Syndrome Day on the Hill

Updated on 4/13/2012 3:58:22 PM.

Tennessee Capitol hosts Down Syndrome Day on the Hill

Students from Vanderbilt’s Next Steps program, along with visitors from across Tennessee and as far away as St. Louis, celebrated Down Syndrome Day on the Hill at the Tennessee State Capitol Wednesday, March 21.

The House Health Committee welcomed the group, joined by Secretary of State Tre Hargett, House Speaker Beth Harwell, and Commissioner Jim Henry of the state Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Will McMillan and Matt Moore, both students in Vanderbilt's Next Steps program, joined other self-advocates as they visited their legislators, enjoyed a lunch provided by the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee (DSAMT), toured the Capitol building, met with Gov. Bill Haslam, and even got a surprise visit from Miss Tennessee USA Jessica Hilber. The Next Steps program is a 2-year postsecondary certification program for students with intellectual disabilities.

The day's events included a presentation of Resolution 565, proclaiming March 21 as Down Syndrome Awareness Day in Tennessee. Rep. Cameron Sexton's office provided copies of the resolution, affixed with the Tennessee state seal, to individuals with Down syndrome.

For more information about DSAMT or about next year’s Down Syndrome Day on the Hill, contact Erin Kice at DSAMT at (615) 386-9002 or erin_dsamt@bellsouth.net.

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