A dream came true this week for Sondra Williams, a member of the Autism Society’s Panel of People on the Spectrum of Autism. On Monday, the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, she stood with one of her heroes, President Barack Obama, and shook his hand – twice.
“I still think it’s like a dream that’s not really happening,” said Williams, a woman with autism who serves as an adviser to the Autism Society. “The only higher person than him is God – that’s the only higher person I haven’t met yet.”
Williams, who lives in Columbus, Ohio, is a married mother of four children, all of whom have been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, and a grandmother of two. She is a self-published author and recently took up dance lessons. One of the characteristics Williams respects about the President is the resilience he showed during the presidential campaign. “He didn’t let the water ripple under his feet; he just stood there strong,” she said. “To me, I think he really represents the people … he didn’t come from a lot of money and wealth.”
And a big THANK YOU goes out to Nebraska Advocate Sharon da Vanport who also joined advocates at the White House to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the American’s With Disabilities Act! Thank you to everyone who puts themselves out there to provide a voice for our community!