Thursday, 12 January 2017

People with Down syndrome

Forklift licence an opportunity for Sri Lankan migrant with Down syndrome
Stefan Armbruster , SBS News, 27 December 2016
Nilu Palipan is breaking new ground learning to drive a forklift in Brisbane, and she is looking forward to a brighter future in Australia. She has just completed her provisional driver’s licence, quite an achievement for the 22-year-old who has Down syndrome ...

Paul Daugherty, 9 December 2016
We make strides in small increments. Improving the lives and futures of our kids with disabilities is like walking the Appalachian Trail. Every day is a chance to take another step. We took a few recently.

Jillian got a second job, as a teacher’s assistant in the school system she attended. In addition to her duties in the athletic department at Northern Kentucky University, Jillian now works with 1st- and 2nd-grade students in the classroom. She reads to them, helps them with math and whatever else the teacher needs ...

Families work to provide opportunities for those with special needs
Tom Strong, The Beacon News, 20 December 2016
It would seem that Philip Weir is one of the busiest young men in town. At the age of 23, he holds down three part-time jobs in the Oswego area. And in his spare time, he serves as an usher at St. Anne Church and helps provide community service as a member of the Oswego Optimist Club ...

Jack Barlow: Breaking boundaries as first Cincinnati ballet dancer with Down syndromeCincinnati Ballet, 16 December 2016
After four years in Ballet Moves, a dance program for children with Down Syndrome and Cerebral palsy created by Cincinnati Ballet and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Jack has grown to love dance. His enthusiasm and hard work earned him a role on stage with Cincinnati Ballet during The Nutcracker, making Jack the first dancer with down syndrome to dance with the company ...

Watertown teen with Down syndrome turns love of dogs into robust family business
Molly Beck, Wisconsin State Journal, 26 December 2016
... It’s already dark on this Tuesday in late November — just before supper time — and the store is buzzing with the slamming of shopping carts and the beeping of checkout counters.

Gracie stops with her mom and dad at the store’s front counter to collect their payout — $260 in cash this week — and then the three haul a cardboard box to the store’s pet supplies aisle to stock five shelves that the store reserves for Gracie’s Doggie Delights, her family’s new business ...

Franke James, 5 December 2016
How does a Canadian with an intellectual disability fight back when their rights are violated? Four recent developments have me thinking optimistically about signs of change for Canadians with intellectual disabilities, and my sister in particular…

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