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On the cusp of adulthood

We are excited to share this powerful blog post from our Your Next Star collaborators, Work Without Limits, and written by AIM dad Scott Borchardt, a partner at PwC, another YNS collaborator. By Scott Borchardt Our daughter, Noelle, is on the cusp of adulthood. She’s an engaging 21-year-old with Down Syndrome, who is excited about […]

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Your Next Star Ambassador Collette Divitto’s Business is Booming

We couldn’t be prouder of our Your Next Star Ambassador Collette Divitto, whose business is booming a year after the 27-year-old’s story went viral. As our YNS Ambassador, Collette is a shining example of what people with Down syndrome can do if given the opportunity. BOSTON (CBS) – You can’t blame Collette Divitto for feeling […]

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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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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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