- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont man was among nine “Champions of Change” from across the country honored at the White House during a 25th anniversary celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Times Argus reports (https://bit.ly/1Mwj6aN ) Worcester resident Max Barrows received the distinction Monday.

Barrows, who has autism, has been the outreach director of Green Mountain Self-Advocates since 2007. He encourages others with developmental disabilities to speak up for themselves and become leaders.

The Champions of Change program highlights individuals “doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.”

Monday’s event featured speeches by political figures and former athletes.

Barrows says a key to achieving inclusion is educating people that those with disabilities may need support, but should be given an opportunity to accomplish things on their own.

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Information from: The Times Argus, https://www.timesargus.com/

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