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Down Syndrome Awareness Advocate; Raising Awareness for the Tremendous Capabilities of People with Disabilities

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Karen Gaffney is the president of the Karen Gaffney Foundation, a non-profit organization headquartered in Portland, Oregon "dedicated to championing the journey to full inclusion for people with Down Syndrome and other disabilities."

In 2001, she became the first person with Down syndrome to complete a relay swim of the English Channel. Her 2007 swim across the nine mile span of Lake Tahoe became the subject of the documentary Crossing Tahoe: A Swimmer's Dream. In 2009, she swam across Boston Harbor, a distance of five miles, to celebrate Down Syndrome Month in Massachusetts. She has also earned two gold medals from the Special Olympics, and completed 16 swims across San Francisco Bay, including the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon. In 2010, she received the Global Down Syndrome Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award.

Karen Gaffney became the first living person with Down syndrome to receive an honorary doctorate degree when she received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Portland on May 5, 2013, for her work in raising awareness regarding the abilities of people who have Down syndrome.

Karen Gaffney graduated from St. Mary's Academy high school in Portland in 1997, and in 2001 she graduated from Portland Community College with an Associate of Science degree and a teacher's aide certificate.

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Karen Gaffney

Down Syndrome Awareness Advocate; Raising Awareness for the Tremendous Capabilities of People with Disabilities

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Karen Gaffney Biography

Karen Gaffney is the president of the Karen Gaffney Foundation, a non-profit organization headquartered in Portland, Oregon "dedicated to championing the journey to full inclusion for people with Down Syndrome and other disabilities."

In 2001, she became the first person with Down syndrome to complete a relay swim of the English Channel. Her 2007 swim across the nine mile span of Lake Tahoe became the subject of the documentary Crossing Tahoe: A Swimmer's Dream. In 2009, she swam across Boston Harbor, a distance of five miles, to celebrate Down Syndrome Month in Massachusetts. She has also earned two gold medals from the Special Olympics, and completed 16 swims across San Francisco Bay, including the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon. In 2010, she received the Global Down Syndrome Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award.

Karen Gaffney became the first living person with Down syndrome to receive an honorary doctorate degree when she received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Portland on May 5, 2013, for her work in raising awareness regarding the abilities of people who have Down syndrome.

Karen Gaffney graduated from St. Mary's Academy high school in Portland in 1997, and in 2001 she graduated from Portland Community College with an Associate of Science degree and a teacher's aide certificate.

Karen Gaffney Videos

  • Karen Gaffney: We Need Medical Research that Improves Our Lives
    Karen Gaffney, advocate and disability champion, discusses her life with Down syndrome. She also talks about the impact that pre-natal testing is...
  • Karen Gaffney | One Life LA 2018
    Down Syndrome Awareness Advocate Karen Gaffney speaks at One Life LA 2018.
  • I have one more chromosome than you. So what? | Karen Gaffney
    Karen Gaffney left the Rose City and the World in awe with a captivating talk that explored the history, current state and progress of Down Syndrome....

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  • How much does it cost to book Karen Gaffney?

    Booking fees for Karen Gaffney, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Karen Gaffney, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Karen Gaffney?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Karen Gaffney for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Karen Gaffney for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Karen Gaffney or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Karen Gaffney or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Karen Gaffney is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Karen Gaffney for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Karen Gaffney generally travels from Portland, OR, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Zack Gottsagen, Kurt A. Kondrich, Mikayla Holmgren, Dr. Elisabeth Dykens and Eddie Barbanell. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Karen Gaffney for an upcoming event.

Karen Gaffney Speaker Videos

  • Karen Gaffney: We Need Medical Research that Improves Our Lives
    Karen Gaffney, advocate and disability champion, discusses her life with Down syndrome. She also talks about the impact that pre-natal testing is having on the Down syndrome community and advocates...
    Karen Gaffney | One Life LA 2018
    Down Syndrome Awareness Advocate Karen Gaffney speaks at One Life LA 2018.
  • I have one more chromosome than you. So what? | Karen Gaffney
    Karen Gaffney left the Rose City and the World in awe with a captivating talk that explored the history, current state and progress of Down Syndrome. Her idea? Inclusion. Further, we must refine our...

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