Kayla McKeon is the first lobbyist in the U.S with Down syndrome!
A lobbyist is someone who takes part in an organized attempt to influence legislators, or people who pass a law. Being a lobbyist in the United States Congress is an important role. And when its a lobbyist with a disability, it is also a powerful statement.
So when Kayla McKeon, the first registered lobbyist with Down syndrome, says she wants to work at changing laws that limit career opportunities for disabled people, it is time to sit up and take note.
30-year-old McKeon likes to share her story and experiences with members of the United States Senate because she says it is hard to say no to a self-advocate.
McKeon, who works for the National Down Syndrome Society, has already helped achieve the passage of the ABLE to Work Act. This allows employees with disabilities to save more money without losing their medical or social security benefits.
She is now working to eliminate sub-minimum wage, which pays workers with disabilities as little as pennies per hour.
McKeon’s work has been noticed by others advocating on behalf of people with disabilities. They call her a great asset and advocate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.