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Elli is a product of the Shawnee Mission School District. She is a member of the National Honor Society and a recipient of the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts. Elli has volunteered at Children's Mercy and the Lee Ann Britain Infant Development Center. After attending the THRIVE program at the University of Central Missouri, Elli received her Certificate of Success in May of 2016. Elli now lives on her own in an apartment, is a participant of Mission Project 2, and is working in the job of her dreams at Knox Child Development Center.

Elli will share her path to successful employment and independent life. Session participants will engage in reflection on what skills are necessary for independence, how to build on strengths, and set steps to grow independently. 




Paul-Daugherty-Headshot.jpgPaul Daugherty has been a sports columnist at the Cincinnati Enquirer since 1994, covering every major U.S. sporting event, and five Olympic Games. In 2013 he was named best newspaper sports columnist in the country, by the Associated Press Sports Editors.
Paul is the author of four books, most recently An Uncomplicated Life, a memoir of raising his daughter Jillian, who was born with Down syndrome. He's an empty-nester living in Loveland, OH, with his wife Kerry and their golden retriever Lucy The Wonderdog. His daughter, Jillian, lives in Cincinnati, and her brother Kelly resides in Brooklyn. For more information, visit his website:




 Jillian-Daugherty.pngJillian Daugherty-Mavriplis is a 27-year-old woman from Ohio who has Down syndrome. She and her husband Ryan live independently in suburban Cincinnati with their dog Gracie. She enjoys music, cheeseburgers, and the Cincinnati Bengals. She participates in swimming for Special Olympics and is an avid reader.

Jillian earned her high school diploma and a certificate from Northern Kentucky University for completing 30 hours of classes. She currently works for NKU’s athletic department, as well as a teacher’s aide at an elementary school.
















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