Self-Advocacy Day - Olympus, Olympian and Pageantry

First Self-Advocacy Day

April 8, 2018   Often, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities feel discouraged or disheartened and do not allow themselves to dream or even discover personal aspirations. So LifePath has teamed with Olympus Corporation of the Americas and on Sunday, April 8th held the First Annual Self-Advocacy Day – a day to celebrate individuality and inspire dreams.

Guest speakers at the event were Shernell Pierre, a LifePath resident who in 2017 was crowned Pennsylvania’s “Miss Amazing,” and Ernest Reich, a LifePath consumer who in 2017 traveled to Austria with Team USA for the World Games Special Olympics and won a gold medal in downhill skiing.

“We wanted to create a day where adults with disabilities could inspire their peers,” said Amber Stern, Quality Assurance Associate for LifePath. “Nothing is more impactful as listening to a peer’s accomplishments.”

Shernell Pierre, introduced by Liza Palmer, spoke about her experiences as Miss Amazing and read a beautiful poem she wrote to inspire others to follow their dreams. Then Ernie Reich, introduced by John Hall, who spoke about “Bringing back the Gold to the USA, where it belongs,” and how thankful he was to the entire LifePath organization for helping him attain his dreams.


“Olympus and its employees are passionate about cultivating a culture of diversity and inclusion that embraces and enriches the workforce and the communities we serve,” said Paul Amenta, Manager, Asset Valuation, Olympus Corporation of the Americas.

“We are proud and honored for the opportunity to host Self-Advocacy Day for Consumers at LifePath, where we too can share in the encouragement and promotion of self-advocacy for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” he said.

About Olympus: Olympus is a global technology leader, crafting innovative optical and digital solutions in medical technologies; life sciences; industrial solutions; and cameras and audio products. Our solutions enable specialists to look inside the human body, further scientific research, ensure public safety and capture images of the world. Throughout our nearly 100-year history, Olympus has focused on being true to society and making people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling every day. Olympus Corporation of the Americas (OCA)—a wholly owned subsidiary of Olympus Corporation in Tokyo, Japan—is headquartered in Center Valley, Pennsylvania and employs more than 5,100 employees throughout locations in North and South America. For more information, visit

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