The following week was mostly smart casual with one exception. Wednesday was business casual because I had a meeting with her Honor the Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith, the last surviving sibling of John F. Kennedy, former peace brokering Ambassador to Ireland, and founder of the Very Special Arts (VSA), the premier organization for integrating people with disabilities into the arts. Ambassador Smith was a very kind and surprisingly casual woman who took down notes as me and others suggested concepts to improve the marketability, image, and reach of VSA. When the meeting had closed I said, “Your Honor, the work you and your family have done for people with disabilities makes life all that much more worth living.” I got a standing ovation from Ambassador Smith. She literally stood up and clapped. It is a moment unlike any other in my life and will most likely never be equaled again.
As I have mentioned the week was mostly smart casual with the occasional casual thrown in. Because I work for the DC Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, there is never a need to be too formal. Some of my duties include seemingly mundane tasks like burning audio files and shelving them, while others include making presentations. Every Saturday, the DC Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped has an adaptive technology seminar where other things may be addressed as well. On this past Saturday, I spoke on cross disability outreach and introduced my internship. I find it vital that people know about the AAPD and what it does for its clients.
I had this past Friday off, during which I went to the US Capitol and the Library of Congress Jefferson Building. The US Capitol is arguably the most iconic building in the world and in my opinion, the Jefferson Building is the most beautiful. Today I again went to the National Museum of Natural History with Michael Grant, and we still aren’t finished. Some things just take their time. For those of you who are friends with me on Facebook, you should check out the beautiful images in my photo albums from my trip to Washington.