It's Katie Maly's
sunset -- captured from a car window as she
parents returned from West Virginia.Maly
snapped the photo from the moving car.
"It turned out pretty good," she
said with understated pride.
The photo and another Maly
took of a waterfall in Puerto Rico soon will hang in the reception area of the Inclusion Network
, where Maly
, who has Down syndrome, works one of her
also may enter it, or another of her
photos in a new contest for photographers who have Down syndrome, the chromosome abnormality usually characterized by mild to moderate mental retardation, decreased muscle tone and other physical problems.Maly has become a spokeswoman and a role model for people dealing with Down syndrome.Maly
works in the mail room of Great American Insurance Co.
and as a receptionist at the Inclusion Network
in Cincinnati, which works to include people with disabilities in community life.She
has had her
own apartment in Hyde Park, for three years.She
often speaks at conferences about living with Down syndrome
Last year she
addressed a business group about how to feel more comfortable with co-workers who have disabilities.Her
photos, including stunning close-ups of flowers, inspired the contest, which is being launched this month by the Down Syndrome Association
in Greater Cincinnati.Janet Gora, adult advocacy coordinator for the Association, was visiting with Maly and saw some of her photos.
entrees probably will be nature shots.She
captures flowers on walks past her
neighbors gardens, and she
can snap sunsets from her
got some sunrise photos, too, but they're more difficult to capture.
The biggest problem?
"You have to get up in the morning," she