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Job Opportunity: Patient Liaison Apprentice at Boston Children’s Hospital

We want to share a very cool job opportunity to be a Patient Liaison Apprentice at Down Syndrome Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, who would join Patient Liaison Nathan Simons and an amazing team: Job Responsibilities: • Help set up rooms for clinician use • Escort families to clinical rooms • Share resource materials • […]

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MA Disability Mentoring Week

Our friends at the Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) and the Human Resources Division (HRD) are partnering to host “Disability Mentoring Week (DMW)” from Oct. 17 to 19. This will be an opportunity for persons with disabilities to explore career opportunities within state government. Each mentee will be paired with a Massachusetts state government professional […]

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Walmart Foundation funds Your Next Star with $25K Grant

Following a competitive review process, the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress has been selected to receive $25,000 through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program to fund expansion of the organization Your Next Star employment initiative. Your Next Star came about because of the MDSC’s increasing awareness of the challenges facing adults with Down syndrome looking for […]

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Meet Omar, the LAPD’s Police Officer for a Day

Congratulations to Omar, who was sworn in as a police officer for a day with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Omar has Down syndrome and had always wanted to become a police officer. He was thrilled to be fulfilling his lifelong dream. While he served as police officer for a day, the occasion provided a great […]

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A Model with Down Syndrome Launches Her Own Fashion Line

Source: Reuters Less than two years after making her runway debut, Madeline Stuart, a model with Down syndrome, launched her own fashion label on Sunday at New York Fashion Week with a collection of sporty leggings, crop tops and skirts. The Australian-born model challenged fashion industry norms with her first catwalk appearance in 2015 and […]

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‘Born This Way’, MDSC Media Award Recipients, Begins New Season

There is once again reason to fete the acclaimed A&E reality show “Born This Way,” and their inspiring cast of seven stars with Down syndrome? In March, the show won the MDSC’s 2017 Media Award for not only entertaining millions, but getting viewers to think about Down syndrome differently. (Unfortunately, representatives of the show were unable to […]

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Japanese Advocate Prepares to Introduce Your Next Star Campaign in Home Country

The MDSC had an exciting visit from Hiroko Kondo at our Advocacy Day at the State House in May! Hiroko first connected with the MDSC in 2013 when she reached out to Sarah Cullen to express interest in our prenatal resources. Since then, she has been a champion for Down syndrome advocacy in Japan. She created “Living with […]

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Children’s Hospital Employee With Down Syndrome Inspires Doctors, Patients

Source: CBS Boston Anyone interested in the secret to success should take a lesson out of Nathan Simons’ playbook. Nathan is the first full time employee with Down syndrome at Boston Children’s Hospital. “I just love it! I love the people who come here and give good feedback,” Simons said. The 28-year-old first starting working […]

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A Teen on Autism Spectrum is Building his Own ‘Ausome’ Culinary Brand

Source: Disability Scoop Julen Ucar carefully measures the ingredients for his special “Non-verbal Herbal” marinade in the cozy confines of the Ways & Means Oyster House at Pacific City. The sauce, with just the right proportions of extra virgin olive oil, two kinds of vinegar, basil and other spices, has become a popular complement to […]

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People with Down Syndrome Need Jobs, Not ‘Special Jobs’

We loved this promo featuring Glee’s Lauren Potter (who happens to be a good friend of the MDSC and special guest at our Buddy Walk). As she says, “What we really need” is nothing special ~ a quality education, friends, acceptance and, of course, good job opportunities.

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Dan Gill shares his employment story with the Wakefield Rotary Club

Dan Gill shared his inspiring educational and employment journey with the Wakefield Rotary Club.    

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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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