No dreams are too high and no goals are too big, not even if you’re a person with disabilities or as Kayla McKeon phrases it, “different abilities”.
Kayla McKeon is the world’s first lobbyist and grassroot organisation manager with Down Syndrome. She’s been active within politics since she was 18 years old and she’s now working in Washington DC to get the laws to change around people with different abilities.
To Kayla, it is important that she’s the one making her voice get heard and that somebody else isn’t trying to do that for her, because she believes that it’s her message that needs to get through and therefore she herself needs to be the one lifting her voice around these matters. However, she do believe that everyone can make their voices get heard, whatever different ability you may have. It doesn’t matter if you need to write on a keyboard or speak through facilitated communication, as long as it is your message that comes through.
Kayla insists that it’s the laws that hold her back and not her Down syndrome. She is now aiming to raise the wage for people with different abilities, that is both people with lowered functions as well as poor afro-americans living in the U.S. She strives to enforce a law that states that everyone should get a minimum wage, now some are paid with as little as one cent per hour, which is below the minimum number.
Source: Her Storie