Twelve people. Two teams. Dover, England to Calais, France. Team Gaffney is a group of professionals/moms/dads/brothers/sisters/friends - and Karen Gaffney, president of the Karen Gaffney Foundation and a young woman with Down Syndrome - dedicated to championing the journey to full inclusion for people with Down Syndrome and other disabilities.
To bring awareness and to promote the amazing capabilities of people with Down Syndrome and other disabilities, Team Gaffney will challenge the English Channel in a relay swim - Summer 2001. Also, through a series of personal appearances, motivational speeches, and the production and distribution of informational videos, Team Gaffney and the Karen Gaffney Foundation hope to...
- Instill hope for a full productive and inclusive life in the hearts and minds of new parents of a child born with disabilities;
- Motivate parents to new thinking and positive action so they will begin immediately building the potential of their child day by day;
- Heighten awareness and raise expectations of students, counselors, educators and those in the medical profession of the capabilities of children with disabilities to learn, grow and contribute in an inclusive setting;
- Promote community involvement and action for the support of people with disabilities.
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