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Mom Sings Son's Praises
Comments By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
December 16, 2002

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NEW YORK--Okay, is it just me, or what?

The Saratogian newspaper ran a story Sunday about a 25-year-old man named Michael who recently gave his 10th speech for Saratoga County's Thorobred Toastmasters.

For those of you who are not familiar with Toastmasters, it is an international organization in which members learn to speak to groups and work with others in a supportive environment. Toastmasters groups of 20 or 30 members typically meet once a week to speak and to give constructive feedback and encouragement to each other.

The 10th speech is a milestone for any Toastmasters member. But Michael is no stranger to public speaking. In fact, he once gave a speech to more than 2,000 people at the National Down Syndrome Convention in Washington, DC.

The problem I find with the story is that the writer apparently never talked to Michael (whose last name is not even mentioned). Throughout the article, Michael's mom is quoted as saying most of what I would call the "right things". Unfortunately, a chance to gain the perspective of an accomplished speaker with Down syndrome was missed.

This link should redirect you to the story:
Toastmasters raise a glass to member with Down syndrome (The Saratogian)

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