6/6/2008

When Mary Lee Brookshire's daughter Laura was born with Down syndrome in 1958, she rejected medical advice to institutionalize her and instead became an advocate for her daughter and others with disabilities. "She made a difference because she modeled to other parents of children with Down syndrome that they could live and thrive in the community," said Mary Yoder, executive director of the Atlanta Alliance on Developmental Disabilities. "She was very active in getting group homes started."

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