“So many of those who attend the Legacy Breakfast have a personal connection to developmental disabilities, be it a child, a sibling, or a relative,” said Bari Love, co-chair of the event. “The money raised at this year’s event will help hundreds of families in Georgia better support their loved ones with services to integrate them better into their communities.”
Buckhead’s Pease Family Honored with Legacy Award
Janis and Richard Pease’s son Kyle was born with cerebral palsy. They began physical therapy when he was just five months old, combining their work with Kyle with lifelong advocacy efforts to help him realize his dreams.
· Janis co-founded Challenger Little League at Buckhead Baseball and she volunteers with the Fulton County Department of Family and Children Services in their alternative court system, where she hears cases and advocates for families.
· Richard has spent twelve years on the Board of the Fulton County Commission on Disability Affairs, where he also served as Chair of the Board.
· Both Janis and Richard are involved with the Georgia Advocacy Office and Lekotek.
Kyle has been as active as his parents in advocating for people with developmental disabilities, by his actions and his example.
· During his undergraduate career at Kennesaw State University, Kyle was an active member for ABLE, KSU’s student disability organization, where he coordinated many of the group’s events.
· He has also excelled in the Sports Management field. He maintained a 3.0 class average and designed disability-friendly sports facilities.
· Kyle loves sports and plays soccer and baseball. In 2011, he achieved one of his athletic goals when he crossed the finish line of his first triathlon with his brothers, Brent and Evan.
· Kyle has encouraged many through his motivational speeches and helped people see life from a different point of view with topics such as “Get Up!, A Cerebral Palsy Guide to Living” and the “How-To Guide for Living with a Positive Attitude.”
· He works full-time as a Patient Navigator for Piedmont Healthcare at Piedmont Hospital. He also works part-time at Publix, where he is a greeter.
· He started his own non-profit foundation, a 501-C-3, two years ago as The Kyle Pease Foundation, which now sponsors and advocates for other disabled athletes to run races or participate in specific sporting events. They also raise awareness and donations for designated charities associated with the disability community including cerebral palsy. They can be found online at www.kylepease.org.
About All About Developmental Disabilities
Founded in 1956, All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) is an Atlanta-based non-profit organization dedicated to creating lifelong support, education and opportunities for children, adults and families living with developmental disabilities. AADD provides support services, advocacy and training to families living with developmental disabilities.
Developmental disabilities are defined as severe chronic disabilities that limit three or more critical functional abilities. Examples include Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, autism disorders, fetal alcohol disorders and intellectual disabilities. These disabilities often manifest early in life (before age 22) and last a lifetime.
Georgia relies on an antiquated system of services and support that cannot be sustained long-term. Economic uncertainties are reducing funding support, even as the number of people in need increases. AADD offers a range of services focusing on Family Support, Public Policy and Advocacy and Community Engagement. For more information, go to www.AADD.org or call us at (404) 881-9777.
Photo: Foreground: Kyle Pease. Back Row (left to right): Richard Pease; Kathy Keeley, Interim Executive Director for All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD); Bari Love and Russell Love, Legacy Chairs; Lisa Blanco, AADD Board President; Keisha Tennyson, Director of Development, AADD.