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The Arc of Warren County to hold virtual event in honor of Developmental Disabilities Month and World Down Syndrome Day on March 19

Diana Stolfo, Experienced Down Syndrome Self-Advocate, Will Address the Audience about her Life Experiences and Why Self-Advocacy is So Important

WASHINGTON, NJ (Warren County) – The Arc of Warren County will be holding a virtual event with Diana Stolfo, Experienced Down Syndrome Self-Advocate, at 3:00 p.m. on March 19, 2021 in honor of Developmental Disabilities Month and World Down Syndrome Day.

Diana will speak about her life experiences and why self-advocacy is so important for differently-abled people.  This event is free and open to the public. She will be introduced by Tom Baffuto, Executive Director of The Arc of New Jersey and John Whitehead, CEO of The Arc of Warren County.

Diana is an accomplished young woman who speaks publicly to increase awareness and encourage everyone to grow and develop.  She is a resident of New Jersey where she lives independently. She spoke at the United Nations at their first celebration of World Down Syndrome Day in 2012.  She has received The Arc of New Jersey’s Bill Sackter Award and the National Down Syndrome Society Melissa Reggio Voices Award.  Diana was also awarded the 2003 Rebecca S. McDonald Award which recognizes students for overcoming obstacles and successfully transitioning from school to adult life.

Additional speaking engagements of Diana’s include keynote speaker for The Arc of New Jersey’s Annual Conference on Medical Care, The Arc of New Jersey’s Annual Self-Advocacy Conference and UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Patient Centered Medicine Conference.

In addition to her advocacy work, Diana maintains a well-rounded career holding positions as a sales associate, a clerical assistant and a receptionist.

“We are honored to have Diana Stolfo speak to our community,” says John Whitehead, CEO of The Arc of Warren County. “It was important for us, as an Agency, to recognize Developmental Disabilities Month and World Down Syndrome Day in a significant manner this year. Having Diana speak to members of our constituency, and to the public, is a wonderful way to celebrate the month and World Down Syndrome Day, which is actually two days later. I hope we will have many people join us to learn from Diana who is an inspiration to us all.”

To receive a link to join this event, email wdsd2021@arcwarren.org. Anyone with questions, can contact Annamaria Lalevee at 908-223-0884.

The Arc is a national organization that serves individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their family members since 1950.  The Arc of Warren County is one of 700 chapters of The Arc and serves more than 1,100 people annually for the past 66 years.  Programs include residential group homes and supervised apartments, day services, community based supports, advocacy services, recreation and summer camp, Special Olympics training, early intervention and a wide variety of additional social services.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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