YANA Nation - Serving the Special Needs Community

Sheryl Arno, Executive Director of the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta

October 03, 2020 Rick Knight and Sheryl Arno
YANA Nation - Serving the Special Needs Community
Sheryl Arno, Executive Director of the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta
Show Notes

Sheryl Arno has been in the field of developmental disabilities for 29 years. While she started working in the field with children, she has spent most of her career focusing on transition to adulthood and adult life. Sheryl was the creator of the Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (IPSE) movement in Georgia. She started with Kennesaw State University and now there are 8 programs around the state including in all of the major colleges. Sheryl is a consultant with the Georgia State’s Center for Leadership and Disability as a parent liaison supporting the GAIPSEC.

Currently Sheryl is the Executive Director of the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta; a role she has served in for the past four years. As Executive Director, she has been able to be a resource to families trying to get through all of the complicated systems that parents transition through. Under her guidance, DSAA now supports individuals with Down Syndrome throughout their lifespan.

Sheryl also has a private consulting agency, Ability Matters LLC. She and a team of experienced professionals work privately with individuals and families to get through various systems, while providing support and advocacy for individuals that are developmentally disabled.

While Sheryl is very busy with her work, one of her most special jobs, is overseeing the support for her best friend/mentor’s daughter, Lori. Lori is 49 years old, has been married for 17 years and has worked at Children’s Healthcare for 8 years. Lori has Down Syndrome! 

Sheryl has been married for 29 years and has 3 children.