David (Dave) A.
Young (63) was born in the southwestern Ohio city of
Springfield. He has one son, Mathew, age 28.
After graduating from High School, he entered Ohio Sate
University in Columbus, Ohio. Not knowing what course of study
to pursue, he chose a relatively new program at OSU – Speech
and Hearing Therapy. Upon completion of his studies at OSU, he
worked briefly as a public school speech and hearing therapist.
During that time, he became interested in the Presidential
campaign of John F. Kennedy and became involved in the campaign
in Ohio. After JFK’s successful election, he was awarded a
Veteran’s Administration Graduate Fellowship to specialize in
Clinical Audiology. He was assigned to major VA centers in
Chicago, Washington and eventually Boston where he was
temporarily assigned to the Joseph Kennedy Jr. Children’s
Hospital. During that assignment he became involved with the
Kennedy family and the Kennedy Foundation. Upon completion of
his graduate fellowship, he returned to Ohio State Graduate
School to study Speech Pathology and Audiology. There, he was
assigned to work at the United Cerebral Palsy Association as
Speech Pathologist and Audiologist in various clinics and
centers, where he stayed for the next 25 years, the final 15 in
St. Louis, MO as Executive Vice President. After leaving UCPA,
David became Executive Vice President of the American Diabetes
Association and returned to Ohio while his son attended OSU.
David has been an activist on behalf of developing programs for
the disabled. He became a fierce conservative at the time of the
JFK assassination, supporting Barry Goldwater and other GOP
candidates over the span of 30 years. He founded several
innovative programs for the severely handicapped that have been
replicated across the country. A life long Catholic, he was
appointed to the Catholic Commission on the Handicapped by the
late Cardinal John Carberry of St. Louis to advise the
Archdiocese on how to make its parish facilities and services
accessible to the disabled.
His hobbies include cooking (German/Amish), reading historic and
mystery novels, traveling in the Eastern USA, and writing
critical essays about the state of charity in America today.
retired in 1998 and now resides in Columbus, Ohio, close to, but
50 miles away from his son Matt who has inherited his father’s
conservative philosophy. Dave now serves as President with his
co-founders, Carolyn Abbott and Donald T. Miller, of America’s