Governor mourns loss of April Dunn, celebrated advocate for Louisianans with disabilities

April Dunn / Source: La. Governor's Office
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - April Dunn, chair of the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council, died at the age of 33 due to complications from COVID-19.

Governor John Bel Edwards announced her death in a statement in which he described her as someone who, “brightened everyone’s day with her smile,” and “worked hard as an advocate for herself and other members of the disability community.”

Gov. Edwards and Dunn worked together through the Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs. Dunn served as a senior coordinator where she worked with businesses to make their workforce more inclusive.

Dunn was described as instrumental in the passage of Act 833 of 2014 which provides an alternative pathway to a diploma for individuals with disabilities.

“On behalf of Donna and my entire administration, it is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of our dear April,” said Gov. Edwards. “She brightened everyone’s day with her smile, was a tremendous asset to our team and an inspiration to everyone who met her. She lived her life to the fullest and improved the lives of countless Louisianans with disabilities. April worked hard as an advocate for herself and other members of the disability community. She served as the chair of the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council, and when I created the State As A Model Employer Taskforce, April told me how much she wanted to be part of it because of her struggles to find meaningful employment. I was proud to have an advocate like April on the task force and on my staff. She set a great example for how other businesses could make their workforce more inclusive. I ask the entire state to join us in prayer for April’s mother Joanette and her grandmother Gloria.”

Gov. Edwards asked the entire state to join him in prayer for April’s mother Joanette and her grandmother Gloria.

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