2014 Honoree: Sujeet Desai


Sujeet Desai is an accomplished musician born with Down syndrome. He plays seven instruments: the Bb and bass clarinets, alto saxophone, violin, trumpet, piano and drums.  Sujeet travels the world playing inspirational solo music performances and self-advocacy workshops.  After graduation from high school, he worked as a teacher’s aide for a music department in an elementary school. Currently he plays music in community churches, nursing homes, senior centers, and hospitals to bring joy to those away from home and family.  Sujeet enjoys independent living in his home in Niagara Falls, NY.  Aside from music, Sujeet has a 2nd degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. He is a winner of Gold and Silver medals in the World Games’99 Special Olympics in Swimming. He has also won numerous Special Olympics medals in Alpine skiing, Cross-country running and Bowling.  Sujeet’s mission is to send a message across the world that given opportunities for their abilities, individuals with disabilities can “Make It Happen!”

Website:  www.sujeet.com

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