Connor is well-known not only as a successful actor, but as a powerful advocate for people with I/DD throughout Colorado and nationwide.
Last year, Connor helped support legislation to implement ABLE accounts in Colorado. This year he has continued his legislative advocacy by testifying in the Colorado House and Senate, meeting individually with committee members, and diligently communicating with stakeholders about the progress of legislation important to people with I/DD.
Connor tirelessly advocated for SB 196, a piece of legislation which funds inclusive programs for students with I/DD at colleges and universities. Pulling from his personal experiences, Connor left a lasting impact on both chambers in the Colorado Legislature following his testimony in which he stated, “I have a job; I lettered as a varsity swimmer; I can act in movies and plays; I can cover sports stories on air—BUT—I can’t go to college in my home state unless you pass this bill.” His words sealed the deal for one of the very few funding bills passed this year. As a result, thousands of students with I/DD in Colorado will be able to fully participate in the college experience.
Connor’s advocacy was also key to passage of SB 077, a bill that requires five state agencies to develop a concrete plan to make competitive, integrated employment the first option for all Coloradans with disabilities. In time, hundreds of thousands of people with I/DD will have access to supports needed for real work at real wages in Colorado.