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Local residents’ granddaughter is 2013 disabilities awareness model

May 1, 2013 by

Expect her to succeed, and she will.

Carly Koyano, the granddaughter of Ed and Arlene Henry of Lakeview and the daughter of Sara and Derrik Koyano of Cottage Grove, will serve as the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities’ model for the above message this year.

Carly, 3, diagnosed with Down Syndrome at birth, is featured on a poster featuring the opening line to this story as its predominant message. She is representing all Oregon residents with developmental disabilities in the organization’s ‘Raising Expectations’ 2013 campaign.

Carly’s mother, Sara Koyano, said that the family is affiliated with the Arc Lane County organization, which hosted a photo shoot earlier this year.  The image is slated for use on post cards, brochures and other promotional needs.

“We had no idea what the photo shoot was for (at the time),” Sara said. “I was so proud, and my eyes filled up with tears.”

Carly attended a public unveiling of the March in the latter part of March that recognized March as Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

Sara noted that the message of the poster fits directly in line with the philosophy she and her husband raised her.

“We raised her exactly like all our other children, with those expectations for her,” she said.

Carly’s siblings include brother Zack, 23, and sisters Jessica, 24, and Bailey, 8.

Her proud grandma, Arlene Henry, noted her excitement in getting the word of the honor.

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