David Egan is a self-advocate with Down syndrome who is active with Special Olympics, Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action, the National Down Syndrome Society, and the Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia, where he serves on the Board. David has worked at the strategy and technology consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton since 1996.
In November of 2012, I interviewed David about his life experiences and reflections on his role as a self-advocate. In this excerpt from our interview, he describes the barriers people with disabilities can face and the importance of being part of a larger conversation.
Listen to David’s stories here:
- One of the Lucky Ones
- What Else Can We Do
- The Way That The World Should Be
- Something About Me
- Of Chores and Expectations
- You Can Do All the Stories You Want But We Want to Do More
Listen to David’s stories told in collaboration with his younger brother, Marc, here:
Learn more about the project that David and I are collaborating on, Nothing About Us Without Us: The Project, and listen to the stories behind our story: The Magic Happens in the Field, and Beginnings.
Visit David’s personal website here.
This is an edited excerpt from a life history interview I conducted for my thesis in the Oral History Master of Arts program at Columbia University, in which David Egan shared with me his life experiences and reflected on his role as an advocate for himself and others with disabilities. The full interview was conducted on November 17, 2012, in Vienna, Virginia, and will be submitted to the Regional Oral History Office at the University of California, Berkeley, for inclusion in the Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement archive. I will also submit a methodological paper providing context for and analysis of my process conducting and sharing life history interviews with self-advocates with Down syndrome to the Academic Commons at Columbia University. If you would like to know more about my process, please contact me here . With gratitude to the National Down Syndrome Society for their early support of this project.