Happy World Down Syndrome Day from Grace!

To wrap up the 21 Days of Abilities campaign, we sat down to talk with Grace Mehan. Grace is a long-time DSAGSL volunteer and participates in tons of activities in her hometown of Kirkwood. Check out more of what Grace has to say!

Hi! My name is Grace and I want to say Happy World Down Syndrome Day! For this awesome day, I wanted to share some special things about me.

I work at Irene’s Homemade Granola, and at Mike Duffy’s and Kirkwood Brewing Station as a host. When I’m not working, I like to volunteer with the DSAGSL. I’m in a reading group, play basketball in the Special Olympics, and practice Tae Kwon Do with the Girlfriends Group. I love being a part of the Kirkwood community!

Grace having fun at a cooking class

Some things I like to do when I’m not working include working out, playing Just Dance for Wii, and watching “Chopped.” My favorite hobby is cooking healthy foods. I love it so much, I want to have my own cooking show! I speak Spanish and help kids learn sign language. I also love music, and I recently went to concerts with artists like Adam Levine and Panatonix!

For me, being a self-advocate means stepping up for yourself and being responsible. It’s important to talk to people about Down syndrome and what it really means. I love being around children, so volunteering at the New Mother’s Luncheon is a lot of fun. I like to go to presentations with DSAGSL and

Grace helping out at the New Mother’s Luncheon!

talk to elementary school kids about Down syndrome. It’s fun to teach them about Down syndrome. It helps them to be better friends and learn how to respect everyone, including people with Down syndrome.

Three words I would use to describe myself are: talkative, friendly, and curious! Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed learning more about me!