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John Anton, Allen Crocker Intern

John Anton - MDSC Legislative Specialist - served as the first Allen C. Crocker Self-Advocate Intern, during his time in Washington, D.C. as a fellow in the office of Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers. A rising star in national politics, McMorris Rodgers was Chair of the House Republican Conference and co-chair of the Congressional Down Syndrome Caucus. Her 5-year-old son, Cole, has Down syndrome.

During his time in D.C, the MDSC provided John with support through the Crocker internship program, which was established after Dr. Crocker's passing in 2011 in honor of his steadfast commitment to advancing self-determination for individuals with Down syndrome.

In Washington, John impressed upon federal legislators the need to pass the ABLE Act. "It's about our voice, our dreams, our futures, and to promote programs for people with disabilities and Down syndrome to increase awareness, " John said in an interview. "And after this, I could be running for office."