Lauren Potter, Actress & Disability Rights Activist

Portrait of Lauren Potter
Lauren Potter

Lauren Potter was born May 10th,1990 with intellectual disabilities and Down’s Syndrome. She is best known for her role as a girl named Becky Jackson on a show named Glee.

In November 2011 President Barack Obama chose Lauren to be the President of the Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.  There she is advising the White House on concerns related to that population. Here are some of her quotes:

“It is important to me that people with intellectual disabilities are represented and treated fairly and are given the same opportunities as every other American.”

“I never thought that I could be an actress, but I am. I never thought that I would be a presidential appointee and I am! The possibilities are endless for anyone and that is what I hope to help bring to this committee- a real life example that with a supportive community and an encouraging country we all can live the American dream!”

When Lauren was little she got bullied a lot. The kids that bullied her did things like: make her eat sand, and follow her around making fun of her. When she got tired of them doing that she told them to,” Grow up.”

She graduated from Polytechnic High School in Riverside, California and is currently attending Irvine Valley College.

Lauren Potter has also been involved in many advocacy projects.

I think Lauren Potter would be a great person to be friends with and like many other people with intellectual disabilities she has overcome so many things and I respect her a lot.

“Our challenges are the same as many others, we want to be safe in school-free from bullying and teasing, we hope to be welcomed and parks, recreation centers and other community activities, we worry about jobs and where we will live but mostly how we want to be treated, with respect!” –Lauren Potter

Thank you for reading my biography on Lauren Potter.


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