Mike Ellis, a 1984 Baker graduate and advocate for people with disabilities, was honored on Monday, July 27, as a Champion of Change by the White House in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The event celebrated the success of the ADA and honored advocates who are working to uphold and expand the spirit of the ADA.

Ellis is the national director for Sprint Relay, the nation’s largest Telecommunications Relay Service provider for the past 25 years. Under his leadership, Sprint Relay continues to develop innovative solutions that increase communication and information access for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, or have a mobility, cognitive or speech disability. Ellis serves on the Foundation Board for the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and Gallaudet University’s Board of Associates.

The Champions of Change program was created to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.