Lila is an outgoing, energetic young girl who is living life to the fullest each and every day. She loves music, art, being outdoors and making friends, and she just happens to have Down syndrome. Based on federal law, Lila has been attending school since her third birthday. She attended preschool at Harbison West Elementary School in Columbia, SC before heading to kindergarten at Chapin Elementary School in Chapin, SC. After school, she benefitted from hour-long early intervention sessions as well as speech, physical and occupational therapy sessions each week.
Driven by a desire to have Lila in an inclusive classroom, her parents moved her to a private Montessori school in the fall of 2018. The director and staff of Abner Montessori School in Chapin welcomed her into their school community, and she immediately made tremendous gains in her independence, life skills and cognitive development.
Outside of school, Lila still works hard during weekly speech and occupational therapy sessions, but she loves playing outside, reading, art and all things Disney.
Padgett Mozingo, APR of Columbia, SC has 14 years of experience as a mom and more than 28 years of public relations and communications experience. She was most recently director of communications for Family Connection of South Carolina, a statewide nonprofit that works to make connections, raise awareness and promote inclusion for those with disabilities and special healthcare needs.
A graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in journalism and mass communications, Padgett has volunteered for several community organizations, including United Way of the Midlands and Harbison West Elementary School to name a few. She and her family participate in several fundraising efforts for Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital and Family Connection.
A past president of the South Carolina Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, she was recognized with the organization’s 1999 PR Practitioner of the Year and 1991 Rookie of the Year awards. She was also named to the top 20 under 40 Class of 2008 by The State newspaper.
World Down Syndrome Day at the South Carolina State House
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