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July 6, 2011

Vol. 111, No. 15

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Jenni Newbury '10

Advocate for people with intellectual disabilities

By Katherine Federici Greenwood
Published on June 29, 2011

Jenni Newbury ’10 with her brother, Jason. Below, Newbury with a camper on the first day of Camp PALS in June. (Photos: Cristina Plana)

Résumé: Co-founder and a director of Camp PALS; develops and markets a K-12 curriculum for Special Olympics Project UNIFY; founded Princeton Disability Awareness student group. Majored in psychology.  


Since she was a child, Jenni Newbury, whose younger brother has Down syndrome, has worked to eliminate the stigma associated with intellectual disabilities and to ­create opportunities for people to develop relationships with disabled individuals. At her high school, she started a chapter of the national PALS program, which ­fosters friendships among students with and without intellectual disabilities by creating after-school activities. At Princeton, she founded Princeton Disability Aware­ness, a student group that organized an annual conference for children with Down syndrome and their families. “I will always believe that the moment you develop a friendship with someone with intellectual disabilities, it will change the way you see the world,” Newbury says. “It will change the limitations that you don’t even know that you are putting on people.”  


To foster those beliefs, Newbury co-founded Camp PALS in 2004. At this one-week summer sleep-away camp at Cabrini College in Radnor, Pa., children with Down syndrome are matched one-to-one with volunteer counselors. The campers and counselors participate in everything from kick­ball to cooking to theater.  


Newbury has made advocacy her career. At Special Olympics headquarters in Wash­ington, D.C., she works on Project UNIFY, a partnership with the U.S. Department of Education designed to encourage inclusion and acceptance in schools. As for Jason, Newbury says, “My brother has changed my life. ... I don’t know who I would be, or what I would be excited about, or what I would be passionate about without knowing him.”  

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2 Responses to Jenni Newbury

Audrey Quackenbush Says:

2011-07-21 09:53:40

This girl is a great person. I am sooo proud of her. She could do anything. Love you LOTS!! Audrey

Jane & Ron Senger Says:

2011-07-21 17:18:05

To know her is to love her and to appreciate the many gifts she has given in her family, work and academic's inspiring to both of us.
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