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Taking the ‘dis’ out of disability

Speaker shares practical ways to overcome hardships

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Speaker Carrie Bergeron, second from the right, greets attendees after her talk at the Logan County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ Family Night Thursday at the Bellefontaine First Church of God, 1000 E. Brown Ave.

FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Carrie Bergeron of upstate New York performs sign language and dances to the song True Colors as performed by Cyndi Lauper and Phil Collins Thursday evening during the Logan County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ Family Night at the Bellefontaine First Church of God, 1000 E. Brown Ave. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | MANDY LOEHR)

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In her talk Thursday evening, Carrie Bergeron promoted exercise as one of the foundations for success for those with Down Syndrome or other disabilities.

Serving as an advocate for people with disabilities encompasses many aspects of Carrie Bergeron’s life.  

The resident of upstate New York travels the country to give motivational speeches at various venues, and has set foot on Capitol Hill to press for changes in laws to help people with disabilities.

She also has appeared on The Oprah Show, and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and in numerous other newspapers, magazines and books.

In her personal time, the 36-year-old also devotes many hours as a member of the Self-Advocate Council of the National Down Syndrome Congress and volunteers at the Upstate Cerebral Palsy Center working with young children.

She is an expert on the subject of overcoming obstacles, as she herself has Down Syndrome.

Thursday evening, Ms. Bergeron was the featured guest speaker at the Logan County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ Family Night at the Bellefontaine First Church of God. Associates and their families packed the church’s multipurpose room for the event.

Following dinner, the speaker shared some of her many life experiences in an enthusiastic, animated and honest talk, beginning with her childhood.

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