2022 Self-Advocate of the Year:
Hannah Humes is determined and has high aspirations. Starting in high school, Hannah spoke to the public to spread awareness about the abilities of young people with Down syndrome. Her contributions include a TedX talk titled "Rethinking Abilities; Inclusion at the High School Level" and a presentation titled "My View from the Climb" at the National Down Syndrome Congress. As a student in Vanderbilt's Next Steps program, Hannah excels in her academic classes and impressed employers who spoke to the first-year cohort during career exploration activities. Hannah continues to deliver speeches in her public speaking course, has interned at the Susan Gray Preschool, and is involved in campus groups like Vanderbilt Theatre and Best Buddies. She was chosen to participate in Think College's Disability Policy seminar where she gained more advocacy skills and advanced her understanding of public policy and lawmaking around disability rights. DSAMT is excited and honored to have Hannah represent DSAMT both locally and nationally!