Frank Stephens is an active spokesman for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation (GLOBAL) and a member of the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Virginia. As an advocate, Frank has spoken all over North America and Europe promoting inclusion for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
He is also an accomplished actor. As a member of his local theater group known as Artstream, Frank has acted in various original plays for the last ten years. Frank also had a feature role in the film Touched by Grace and has made occasional guest appearances on the Emmy Award winning A&E reality show, Born This Way.
Frank’s articles have been featured in publications like the New York Times, London Daily Mail and The Huffington Post. He contributed to Amazon bestseller, Stand Up, which featured stories of outstanding young advocates.
In 2017 Frank testified with GLOBAL before the US Congress on the importance of Down syndrome research, resulting in the first significant increase in Down syndrome funding from the National Institutes of Health in nearly 20 years. His famous lines, “I am a man with Down syndrome and my life is worth living,” received the first-ever standing ovation at a congressional hearing and his testimony on C Span went viral receiving over 200M views.
Frank has been interviewed on behalf of GLOBAL by national outlets including BBC, Fox News, CNN and Inside Edition.