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  • Photos: John Anton at his home in Haverhill, Massachusetts, standing with some of his many awards and recognitions. A brochure for Mass Advocates Standing Strong.

    John Anton is a public speaker and a self-advocate who has Down syndrome. He lives in Massachusetts and works in the State House in Boston, in the office of state Representative Tom Sannicandro.

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    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 John Anton 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 24, 2012, in Haverhill, Massachusetts, 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.
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