Submitted by Lucas McConnell
On Feb. 26, Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) held its annual legislative reception in the Capitol rotunda where the organization recognized MPAS’ 2013 Essay Contest winners, including first place winner Leonard Sanford of Plymouth.
In addition to the luncheon, the winners of MPAS’ annual essay contest had lunch and photos taken with their legislators, visited the House floor and were recognized during the House session. Following the reception, the winners were recognized during the MPAS board meeting.
“It was a pleasure getting to meet Leonard and hear his story. He is an incredibly dynamic young man,” said Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton.
The winners of the 2013 essay contest were:
- First place: Leonard Sanford of Plymouth (a constituent of Colbeck’s)
- Second Place: Nick Bush of Novi
- Third Place: Roxann Hyatt of Dearborn Heights.
The essay contest solicits real, motivating stories about people with disabilities who have successfully advocated for themselves or others. Entries were judged by members of the MPAS board of directors.
MPAS is the independent, private, nonprofit organization designated by the governor of Michigan to advocate for and protect the legal rights of people with disabilities in Michigan. MPAS services include information and referral, short-term assistance, selected individual and legal representation, systemic advocacy, monitoring and training.