David Egan, Advocate
David Egan has always dreamed big. When he was eight, starting out as a Special Olympics swimmer, he dreamed of winning his races. As he grew, he looked to bigger goals – having a job and finding ways to change attitudes toward people with intellectual disabilities. He has been living his dream – and inspiring others to live theirs. David has been working in a competitive job for the past 20 years, first with Booz Allen Hamilton as a clerk in the Distribution Center, then as a facilities coordinator for CBRE at the same Booz Allen Hamilton facility. He currently is a community coordinator at SourceAmerica.
David is an eager advocate for people with intellectual disabilities at the local, national and international level focusing and imagining the possibilities. He is the first person with intellectual disabilities to have served as a Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Fellow from 2015 to 2016 on Capitol Hill at the Ways and Means Committee working with the Social Security Subcommittee and then with the National Down Syndrome Society. He is a Special Olympics Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger. David serves on several Boards to promote Abilities and collaborate with other advocacy groups.
David has received numerous awards over the years. He is featured in Firestarters: How Innovators, Instigators and Initiators Can Inspire You to Ignite Your Own Life by Raoul Davis Jr., Kathy Palokoff, and Paul Eder and his own memoir: More Alike than Different: My Life with Down Syndrome will be published in July 2020.
David is the oldest of 4 siblings. In his spare time, he is a Star Trek fan, sports, science fiction and enjoys family time being an uncle.