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Vetor Makes a Difference as Advocate for Deaf Community

April 11, 2017

David Vetor (left)  
David Vetor receives the 2016 Youth Leadership Award.

April 6 will be a day to remember for David Vetor, a student at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley.

Vetor received the 2016 Youth Leadership Award presented by the Governor’s Council on Disability at a special luncheon of the Missouri Assistive Technology’s Power Up AT Conference & Expo in Columbia, Mo.

“It’s good to know that the work I am doing as an advocate is making a difference,” Vetor said. “Receiving the award has motivated me even more to keep working toward my goals, to aim higher, and to dream bigger. I am making a positive impact on my community.”

Vetor is very passionate about students with disabilities having the access they need to ensure academic and social success on campus. He takes great pride in his academic excellence and encourages others to use the support services available to them.

As a representative of the deaf community, Vetor volunteers with the Deaf Communication Studies program. He created a community college recruitment video and has acted in college theater productions. His most recent focus is working to make the college emergency alert system more accessible.

“I am currently focusing on improving accessibility in the college emergency alert systems districtwide. There is a serious need for a visual warning signal to alert people to emergency situations,” Vetor said. “I am also advocating for the term ‘hearing impaired’ to be replaced with the term ‘deaf’ or ‘hard of hearing’ to align with the preferences of the deaf community.”

The Youth Leadership Award is a program to recognize an outstanding Missouri young adult age 16-26 with a disability who has demonstrated exemplary leadership by making a difference in their community.

The GovernorĀ“s Council on Disability promotes full participation and inclusion of the nearly 1 million Missourians with disabilities in all aspects of community life by educating citizens, businesses, schools, universities and others of their rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act.