Patti Saylor is one of three people in the country to take home the title. Saylor's son Ethan, who had Down syndrome, died last January 2013 while in the custody of three off-duty sheriff's deputies.
Saylor has worked with many advocates, and met with Governor Martin O'Malley to help establish the Commission for Effective Inclusion for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities in the community.
"We're not doing anything different after his death than before he died. My daughter, son, Ethan's father, we've all found having a relationship with a person with an intellectual disability is great. It was not easy, but it was great. So, advocating for further civil rights is what we'd do if he was still alive," said Patti Saylor.
Saylor is also part of a group called Ethan's Law Group, who're working to help people with both intellectual and physical disabilities.
Patti Saylor will receive the award Wednesday night at the Arlington Renaissance Capitol View Hotel.
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