George W. Bush

Brent Debnam appointed to state council on disabilities

Brent Debnam appointed to state council on disabilities

In a three-ring binder that sits neatly on a shelf in their home on Laurel Avenue, Laverne Debnam keeps records and mementos of her son Brent’s many achievements.

There’s the 2001 letter from President George W. Bush to honor Brent Debnam, then in elementary school, as a winner of the President’s Education Award. There’s the letter that paid tribute to his internship at NASA and another that recognized his service as a volunteer at the College Park Aviation Museum. There are numerous newspaper clippings that document his childhood as he fought to access appropriate services, and a 2013 community-led renovation of the family’s home to make it wheelchair accessible for him.

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