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Ned Reichenbach, Allen Crocker Intern

Focusing on legislative advocacy and public speaking, Ned Reichenbach served as the Crocker intern from March until October of 2015. Ned addressed advocates and legislators on the need for funding for bills affecting the promotion of higher education at the MDSC 2nd Annual Down Syndrome Advocacy Day at the State House on June 4th, participated in the National Down Syndrome Society’s 2015 Buddy Walk on Washington, and shared personal experience with teens and young adults at the MDSC 31st Annual Conference Self-Advocate workshops. After completing his internship, Ned transitioned to the State House where he assisted Representative Ruth Balser and her staff with administrative tasks, attended and observed legislative briefings held by advocacy groups and elected officials, observed and took part in lobbying/constituent advocacy meetings, and briefed the representative and staff on central ideas communicated in briefings with insight and analysis of the issues communicated.