David Egan has always dreamed big. When he was eight, starting out as a Special Olympics swimmer, he dreamed of winning his races. As he grew, he looked to bigger goals – having a job and finding ways to change attitudes toward people with intellectual disabilities. He has been living his dream – and inspiring others to live theirs. David is an eager advocate for people with intellectual disabilities at the local, national and international level focusing and imagining the possibilities. He served as a Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Fellow from 2015 to 2016 on Capitol Hill at the Ways and Means Committee working with the Social Security Subcommittee and then with the National Down Syndrome Society. He is also a Special Olympics Shriver International Global Messenger serving as a spokesperson for people with intellectual disabilities.
An athlete himself, David plays and competes in soccer, basketball, softball, tennis, and swimming. In addition to his athletic accomplishments, in the year 2000, he was elected to represent the State of Virginia at the Global Athlete Congress in the Netherlands, and in 2010 at the Global Athlete Congress in Morocco. He has been involved in Community outreach starting in 1999 when he volunteered at the Special Olympics World Games in Raleigh, North Carolina and in 2011 in Athens, Greece. He cheered the crowds at the Opening Ceremony at the 2015 World Summer Games in Los Angeles.
He serves on several Boards to promote Abilities and collaborate with other advocacy groups. He was first to be elected to serve on the national Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action (DSAIA) and the Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia (DSANV). He is one of the National Down Syndrome Association Ambassadors (NDSS). David serves as a Global Messenger and a delegate on the advisory council of the Special Olympics International Board of Directors. He has served on the United States Athlete Leadership Program Committee. He served as a Board Member of Special Olympics Virginia (SOVA) where he succeeded in putting forward a motion to have a person with disability hired on the staff.
His preparation for advocacy and employment started at an early age at the Waisman Center Early Childhood Program in 1979 with inclusion and a desire to excel. A Booz-Allen Hamilton staff employee in the Distribution Center since 1998 at the McLean Virginia Campus, he is a trail blazer in the competitive employment of people with intellectual disabilities. Together with his company, David has served as co-chair for the Winter Games in the State of Virginia. He spoke on NPR honoring Eunice Shriver, and was interviewed numerous times in Ireland, Morocco and the US to talk about his success story. He has visited both the House and the Senate in Washington DC lobbying for people with intellectual disabilities. In March 2011, he testified at the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee promoting competitive employment for people with disabilities. He also addressed a global audience at the United Nations in New York City on World Down Syndrome Day celebrating the rights of people with Down syndrome. He speaks at various conferences and fundraising events building awareness and thanking supporters for their involvement in promoting respect, inclusion, and dignity for all people.
David has received numerous awards. In 2002, he received a Hero’s Award from the Virginia Special Olympics, a Voices Award in 2003 from the National Down Syndrome Society. In 2006, he was the first recipient of the NDSS Dan Piper Award. In 2013, he was the NDSS Self-Advocate of the Year.
David was born in Madison, Wisconsin on September 17th, 1977. He moved to Virginia in l984. He is the oldest of 4 in his family. In his spare time, he is a StarTrek fan, and enjoys family time and fun.
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