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Jean Kennedy Smith is an American diplomat and a former United States Ambassador to Ireland. She is the sister of the 35th U.S. President, John F. Kennedy. In 1974, Smith founded Very Special Arts, now known as VSA, the international organization on art and disabilities affiliated with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the non-profit has affiliates in 60 countries and across the United States dedicated to creating a society where people with disabilities learn through, participate in and enjoy the arts. Annually, VSA reaches over 5 million people. Her book, Chronicles of Courage: Very Special Artists, written with George Plimpton, was published by Random House in April 1993. In February 2011, President Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, for her work with people with disabilities.

-Taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Kennedy_Smith

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