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MEDIA ADVISORY - Thursday, October 15, 2014
Contact: Mitch Leff, (404) 861-4769 (cell), mitch@leffassociates.com
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Oct. 15: Tickets Still Available! - All About Developmental Disabilities “Legacy Breakfast” Honors Special Olympics World Games Gold Medalist Will Crain and Parents Stacey and Scott Crain

WHEN / WHERE: Thursday, Oct. 15, 7:30 - 9 a.m., Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305, (404) 814-4000

WHAT: All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) will honor Special Olympics World Games Gold Medalist Will Crain and his parents, Stacey and Scott Crain, at its annual Legacy Breakfast. 

This event highlights the work of AADD and its family support, advocacy and community engagement programs for families living with developmental disabilities. Carmen M. Bethel and Bernadette J. Faber are co-chairs of the event.

RSVP here by Oct. 12, 2015. 

About the Honorees: 

  • Will Crain -  Will Crain was diagnosed at six days of age with Urea Cycle Disorder, a rare genetic disorder of the liver that prohibits the processing of protein in the diet. He was in hospitals often his first ten years and hardly had enough energy to walk.  A liver transplant in 2007 saved his life and gave him the ability to compete in the Special Olympics, where he’s won multiple medals in kayaking: Two gold at the Georgia State Kayak Invitational; Gold in the two man Kayak 200m race and Gold in the 500m single at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles held this past July.
  • Stacey and Scott Crain - Since Will was born, Stacey and Scott have been advocates for him and for other children with developmental disabilities. Scott is a Parent Mentor and Special Olympics Coordinator for the Hall County School System in Gainesville, Ga.

Background: Developmental disabilities are defined as severe chronic intellectual and/or physical disabilities that limit three or more critical functional abilities. Examples include Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, autism disorders, fetal alcohol disorders and intellectual disabilities. These disabilities manifest early in life (before age 22) and last a lifetime.

Georgia relies on a disjointed system of services and support that cannot be sustained long-term.  Economic uncertainties are reducing funding support, even as the number of people in need increases.  AADD offers a range of services focusing on Family Support, Public Policy and Advocacy and Community Engagement.  For more information, go to www.AADD.org or call us at (404) 881-9777.

Interviews:
  • Kathy Keeley, Executive Director, AADD
  • Bernadette Faber, Event Co-Chair
  • Will Crain
  • Stacey and Scott Crain
About All About Developmental Disabilities
Founded in 1956, All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) is an Atlanta-based non-profit organization dedicated to providing family support, advocacy and training opportunities for individuals and families living with developmental disabilities.  
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