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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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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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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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McDonald’s Employee with Down Syndrome Retires After 32 Years of Dedication

Long-time McDonald’s employee, Freia David, celebrates 32 years of being in the workplace. Freia, who has Down syndrome, started working at the Needham McDonald’s in 1984. Freia was the first of many success stories that show how adults with disabilities can thrive in the workplace. Freia was one of the first to benefit from the Charles […]

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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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Sister Writes a Buzzfeed Article About her Hard-Working Brother

On June 12th 2016, this article and photo story joined Buzzfeed’s Community posts. It features Brian Heffernon, an MDSC self-advocate who not only has done amazing work himself, but has also spoke on behalf of people with disabilities at different events. The Buzzfeed article showcases Brain’s achievements such as writing screenplays, speaking as a disability advocate, […]

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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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