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The White House plans to honor 14 people Monday as “Champions of Change” for making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities.

The honorees were selected for their leadership in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, collectively known as STEM. Each has used their expertise to improve education and employment prospects for Americans with disabilities, the Obama administration said.

Monday’s event is part of a regular Champions of Change series at the White House, which is designed to highlight leaders in a different sector each week.

“The leaders we’ve selected as Champions of Change are proving that when the playing field is level, people with disabilities can excel in STEM, develop new products, create scientific inventions, open successful businesses and contribute equally to the economic and educational future of our country,” said Kareem Dale, special assistant to President Barack Obama for disability policy.

Those being recognized next week include Ralph Braun whose company produces accessible vehicles and lifts, Virginia Stern who developed a program to provide paid internships in the sciences to students with disabilities and Christine Reich, director of research and evaluation at the Museum of Science, Boston, whose focus is on inclusion of people with disabilities in museum learning.

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  1. Gretchen Wilson says:

    Thank you for giving awareness to people with disabilities as well as those who work to improve their lives.
    My grandson, Sean Ashley, has autism & blindness.

  2. Amy C. says:

    Congratulations to all the honorees. I’m especially pleased to see Christine Reich mentioned. I recently benefitted unknowingly from her efforts. I brought my 9 year old twins, (who each have multiple disabilties as a result of being extremely premature), to the Boston Museum of Science during April vacation week, and we had a wonderful day. I was very appreciative of how much of the museum was accessible to my children, even in their wheelchair strollers. The curators in the various exhibits were very caring and listened carefully to my daughter’s questions, directing their answers to her, not to me. It was a very positive experience for all of us.

  3. Sue Hall says:

    We are building a community to provide housing for the developmentally disabled and seniors that will work together to improve eachothers lives through volunteering. Have youknow with anyother non-profits that are making this type of community work? We are making wonderful progress working toward improving the lives of all generations.

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