This was a week for celebrating people with disabilities. Tuesday was the 21st anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act and it was celebrated all across the district. The day started out with an event at the White House where a number of individuals spoke with us about the federal government and their desire to include more people with disabilities in their ranks. Later in the day the Justice for All event wrapped up the day by recognizing individuals who have made significant strides in the disability community over the past year. The event was also quite beneficial in that it gave the interns the chance to network with many within the DC disability community. It also gave me the opportunity to put a face to many names I’d heard throughout my internship. Wednesday I met with Sara Mahoney and she gave me some information on getting into the WRP and some great leads for possible placements next summer. Work at the DOT is winding down. I am looking forward to shooting the multimedia footage that I will be participating in. Next week will most likely be bittersweet as I’ll be glad to finally be going home for more than a few days but very sad at leaving my newfound friends here in DC.
Posted by Matthew Shapiro