Similar to stories of other parents who had a child with Down syndrome at the time that Evan was born, his parents were given a grim outlook for husband life. If anyone knows Janice Nodvin, she couldn’t do anything but take on the challenge to prove those doctors wrong. Janice became an advocate for Evan to ensure he got all the opportunity offered to her other children. He graduated Chamblee High School in the class of 2000. Now, Evan is a thriving young man with his own apartment, a long-time job, a girlfriend and lots of recreational activities. He is also quite the self-advocate! Evan will be a panelist at our 3/21 Over 21 Cocktail Party.
Evan lives in an apartment with a roommate of his choice and gets supports through his Medicaid Waiver. At any given day you may see Evan at his job at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta which he has held for 18 years serving in different departments. Currently, Evan is a Courtesy Assistant at the Health Club at the MJCCA. And he enjoys interacting with the members.
Evan also contributes to his community by serving as a self-advocate. He is a proud member of the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities as one of 7 Georgia self-advocates on the Council. Evan is also a graduate of Partners in Policy Making, a past Buddy of the Year for the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta, a co-chair of the Special Friends Sabbath Inclusion Program at Congregation B'nai Torah in Atlanta. He takes pride in speaking to small and large audiences about employment and self-advocacy.
Evan belongs to several social groups and enjoys bowling, yoga, cooking classes, dances, tennis, kickball, acting through Habima Theater and biking. He is is even a gold medal Special Olympian in Power Lifting and Bocce Ball.
Come meet Evan on World Down Syndrome Day at our 3/21 Over 21 Cocktail Party.