Randy Todd is busy advocating for the rights and quality of life for people with developmental disabilities. He says, “We want to communicate and spread the word!”Randy has always been a hard worker, employed for the last 15 years by Walmart and he doesn’t let Asperger’s Syndrome slow him down. When a staff member from the Kansas City Regional Office encouraged him to get involved with People First NKC, it was just the beginning.
People First of Missouri is a self-advocacy organization that was formed by, is run by, and exists for people with developmental disabilities in the state of Missouri. Members of People First NKC and chapters from regions all over the State of Missouri meet for steering committee meetings and conferences.
Randy says, “People First NKC advocates and activates plans for people who can’t advocate for themselves,” He doesn’t feel comfortable driving long distances, so he takes the train to meetings and conferences in Jeff City, St. Louis and most recently, Tan Tara at Osage Beach. The upcoming Real Choices, Real Voices Conference, sponsored by the Missouri Developmentally Disabled Council promises to be full of great activities. “We’ll have breakout sessions, learn new things and meet new people. That’s important,” Randy notes. “We want to communicate and spread the message.”
People First advocates often get to speak with their legislators. Recently, at a disability rally in March, Randy was able to speak with House Representative Lauren Arthur. To Randy and all the People First advocates who work so hard to ensure men and women with developmental disabilities experience life with unlimited possibilities, thank you!