Join National Down Syndrome Congress Grassroots Advocacy Manager Jawanda Mast as she discusses policy advocacy and how you can make a difference through grassroots advocacy on Thursday, March 14, 2024.
Jawanda has been involved in disability policy advocacy since her daughter Rachel was born with Down syndrome over 24 years ago. Jawanda has graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Arkansas and was honored with the 2017 Alumni Community Service Award for her body or advocacy work. She spent eight years advocating for the passage of the federal ABLE Act. She has provided written and oral testimony on a variety of federal and state policy issues and has served on many state appointed committees. Jawanda believes we all have a story and we can use those stories to impact change at all levels. She is passionate about the meaningful inclusion of individuals with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities in all aspects of the community and has presented at many conferences. Jawanda says her work is a #laborofloveandconviction.