Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Final Arrival

Nathan D Turner

Hello everyone,

My name is Nathan Turner and I recently joined the MEAF Congressional Internship Program. Here is just a little bit about myself. I am a senior at Wright State University majoring in political science with a concentration in international studies. I aspire to become a civil rights lawyer and intend to pursue doctoral opportunities in public policy. As a brief aside, Wright State University-- despite the inconvenient academic schedule (-: -- is a wonderful school for students with disabilities. I will discuss this further in future posts.

I have served the disability community locally (Mayoral Commission on Disability), statewide (Partners in Policymaking) and nationally (NCD’s Youth Advisory Committee). Currently, I am a Council member for the Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council and serve as Secretary-Treasurer for the National Youth Leadership Network.

As a congressional intern, I have a unique placement in the AAPD’s office. I am coordinating development of the Justice for All newsletters, assisting efforts to nominate Judge Sonia Sotomayor, serving as a representative on conference calls and other duties as assigned. Today, I was supposed to attend a congressional meeting on Capitol Hill, but found out it was postponed after I arrived. The moral of this story is the importance of adaptability.

I want to express my gratitude to the program funders, AAPD, and my fellow interns for a fantastic welcome and look forward to a positive experience.

Warmest regards,

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