On May 11th, 2017 history was made for one SOMD athlete leader as Adam Hays was the first athlete with an intellectual disability to speak at a TEDX talk in Maryland. The night hosted by Towson University had the theme FORWARD. And Adam Hays is always moving forward. He talked about the power of Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s “You Are the Stars” speech and how it has helped guide him to achieve all that he has been able to achieve.
As Adam put it
“The right to play on any playing field?
You Betcha….How about fields….and courts…and roadways and pools and mountains. How about the 7 sports I participate in throughout the year. I road cycle over 1200 miles a year.
The right to study in any school?
I earned my high school diploma and then my associates degree in visual communications
The right to hold a job?
I just celebrated my 10th anniversary at Special Olympics Maryland
The right to be anyone’s neighbor?
Recently I passed my first full year living on my own in MY apartment”
See his full presentation here
This article was written by Special Olympics Maryland