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This Determined Chef wouldn’t let Celiacs stand in her way

Tess Keijser couldn’t have been more excited when in high school, she signed up for a culinary class. She knew right away what kind of career she wanted to pursue – something that involved cooking. But there was one complication – she became very ill with celiac disease, and while she got well in due time, she had to quit class and began pursuing some of her other interests.

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Collettey’s Cookies booming after story goes viral

After a story about her venture on CBS went viral, MDSC member Collette Divitto’s cookie business is thriving.

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Bike Zone Employee Offers Tune-Ups for Donations

For the first time, Carey Daly, a young man with Down syndrome, will be offering his services as a Bike Tech at the 6th Annual Buddy Walk by the Sea on Sunday July 31, 2016. Bring your bike for a tune-up and join hundreds of champions in the Down syndrome community at the Hyannis Village Green […]

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Your Next Star campaign goes on the road

Partnering with the Massachusetts Regional Employment Collaboratives, the MDSC this June took our Your Next Star employment campaign on the road. In the early June, we launched our “Diversify Your Workforce” forums to introduce employers to the benefits of hiring qualified candidates with disabilities. And, with experts speakers from a range of fields, we showed them how to do […]

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Lunchtime Forums for Employers/HR Pros in Burlington and Milford

Employers, HR professionals and others are invited to TWO FREE FORUMS to educate EMPLOYERS on ways to expand their workforce by hiring people with disabilities. Join us Thursday June 2, Noon to 2 p.m. at 20 Burlington Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01803. REGISTER AT www.mdsc.kintera.org/ynsnorth Speakers include: Disability attorney Kevin M. Sibbernsen of Jackson Lewis […]

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Barista with Disabilities Takes Ellen Show by Storm

Sam is a Starbucks barista who happens to have autism. To help him focus, he dances his way through the workday. After a video of his dance moves went viral, Ellen invited Sam and his awesome friend and boss to her stage. Sam’s story is a perfect example of how employers, like Starbucks, who have […]

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Share Your Success Story; Become a Movie Star!

Our dear friend and filmmaker Melanie Perkins McLaughlin is working on a new film project with Dan Habib (creator of Including Samuel, Who Cares About Kelsey? and many other disability and education-related films) with the working title “Intelligent Lives.” (Watch the incredible 14-minute preview,featuring a personal perspective and narration from Academy Award winning actor Chris […]

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MDSC Introduces Employer of the Year Award

The Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress’ Board of Directors recently approved a new award to recognize an Employer of the Year. The Employer Award will be given annually to a person or company who recognizes the inherent value that people with Down syndrome can bring to the workforce and act as role models for other employers […]

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Foxboro Employee Makes His Mark in Short Order

MANSFIELD – Christopher LeVangie is a young man on his way up. Two-and-a-half months ago, LeVangie, the 24-year-old son of Donatella LeVangie, so impressed the staff at the Renaissance Hotel at Patriot Place in Foxboro that he was hired on the spot to bus tables 20 hours a week at the hotel’s high end restaurant. […]

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Governor Charlie Baker Announces New Initiative

On January 25, Governor Charlie Baker and Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Ronald L. Walker, II, joined members of the Governor’s Task Force on Persons Facing Chronically Higher Rates of Unemployment to announce new initiatives addressing higher rates of unemployment faced by some populations, and a $5 million investment in the Fiscal Year 2017 […]

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Why VERC Commits to Hiring People with Disabilities

Hiring people with disabilities has had a positive impact for our stores, our customers, our communities and our entire staff. The employees that we bring in under this program are excellent; they are productive, do a great job and add to the workplace culture.

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“Your Next Star” Launches MDSC Into New Territory

Two years ago, the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress conducted a comprehensive Membership Survey, the first such undertaking in our 30-year history. The 450 responses proved to be a wealth of data perfect for guiding our planning and activities for the future.

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