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Success despite Down Syndrome; speaker shares hopeful story

April 18, 2012 12:00AM

When university campuses consider issues of diversity, there is one group that is seldom considered. Lee Jones, a successful college graduate who also happens to have Down Syndrome, will speak for that group when he visits the Pittsburg State University campus on Friday, April 20. Jones’ presentation, at 3 p.m. in 109 Grubbs Hall, is sponsored by the Tilford Lecture Series.

Dan Ferguson, a professor in PSU’s Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation, said Jones’ life “speaks volumes about how success is not determined by disability but by ability.”

Jones graduated from Graceland University in Iowa in 2000 with a bachelor of arts degree in recreation and a minor in theater. Since that time, he has been living independently and pursuing a career that uses his education and experience. Presently, he is a fitness attendant, exercise instructor, and also has been certified as a personal trainer.

This is the final Tilford lecture of the academic year. It is free and open to the public.

PSU’s Tilford Group was formed in 2007 in response to the first Michael Tilford Conference on Diversity and Multiculturalism, named in honor of the late dean of the Graduate School at Wichita State University. Composed of volunteers from among faculty, staff and administration, the Tilford Group presents speakers and events designed to reflect the campus commitment to diversity and multiculturalism.

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