Katie Lowe, of Warwick, will be honored by Personal Lifetime Advocacy Networks of Rhode Island (PLAN RI ) this Friday evening at the Pilgrim Senior Center. Lowe, a member of the Developmental Disabilities Council and on the board of the Down Syndrome Society of Rhode Island, is the 2012 recipient of a PLAN RI scholarship to attend the TASH [Association of Persons with Serve Disabilities] New England Conference.
PLAN RI is a parent-driven organization of families who have relatives with disabilities. The mission of this non-profit group is to help families develop a safe, secure and quality future in the community for their vulnerable loved ones.
Katie Lowe, 32, is an active member of her community. She enjoys going to the movies with her boyfriend Bobby, listening to music and attending live theatre. Lowe runs her own DJ business. She received a "certificate of participation" with the 1999 graduating class of Toll Gate and was awarded her diploma in June 2001.
The board of PLAN RI selected Lowe for the scholarship because the knowledge she will gain at the TASH New England Conference will help her continue to advocate for herself and other people with disabilities. This award is granted each year to a candidate in memory of Kate Comegys, a member of PLAN RI who died three years ago.
The 7 p.m. ceremony, called “How Sweet It Is!”, will take place at the Pilgrim Senior Center at 27 Pilgrim Parkway in Warwick. Other award recipients include Tedio Ciavarini who, as the president of the RI Arc in 1977, first called for the closing of the Ladd Center. He will receive PLAN RI’s Family Leadership Award.
Within the dessert social, the organization will also recognize John Ross Mushen for having the personal support network of 2012. The event is open to the public. Additional information is available by phoning Connie Susa at 785-9541.