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Isaiah Lombardo: Self-Advocate

Isaiah LombardoIsaiah Lombardo has been advocating and educating others about Down syndrome since he was young. Following his 2015 graduation from Somerville High, where he ran track and managed the football team, Isaiah participated in the Massachusetts Concurrent Enrollment Initiative at Bunker Hill Community College. His advocacy work includes speaking to undergraduate students at Bentley College twice a year, presenting at the Massachusetts State House, and visiting State Representatives and Senators at Washington DC through the Disability Policy Seminar.

As part of Operation House Call, a program to help medical students and young professionals learn skills that enhance care for individuals with disabilities, Isaiah and his mother open their home and share their story and experiences with students from Simmons College and BU School of Medicine. They also host students from Harvard, Brandeis, and UMASS Shriver LEND fellows. His favorite form of advocacy right now is speaking to fourth graders in the Brookline school system about his life with Down syndrome.

He is now 22 and excited to have recently been named as a board member at the local DDS Citizens Advisory Council. Isaiah refuses to let a label define him, and wants others to learn to see folks for who they are rather than the diagnosis they may have.