Wednesday, 17 May 2017

People with Down syndrome


Anna and Emily a hit among volunteers
Elouise Hawkey, The Daily Liberal, 11 May 2017
Anna Gibson and Emily Gardner have quickly become known for their infectious personalities and warm smiles within the Meals on Wheels community.

The 23-year-old Dubbo residents have each volunteered with the community service organisation for several years, delivering meals to people unable to cater for themselves. Each Thursday the duo designates time out of their day to deliver the ready-made meals and have a chat with the recipients ...


A young Charleston potter with Down syndrome is ready for his close-up
Deanna Pan, Post and Courier, 13 May 2017
Christian Royal stands in the corner of his studio, his hands buried in the pockets of his jeans, while a makeup artist smooths his hair with her fingers and his brother secures a lavalier microphone under his shirt ... Christian is a potter ... They're about to film a scene for a new episode of "Handcrafted America," a cable series on the family-friendly INSP network, where the host, television actress Jill Wagner, travels the country, introducing viewers to American artisans and their craft ...

Brisbane teenager’s unique talent has seen him become Australia’s first Elephant Whisperer
Leanne Edmistone, The Courier-Mail, 11 May 2017
His voice is part Leonard Cohen, part Tom Waits and uniquely Alexander Procopis. The velvety rumble of his deep, distinctive throaty baritone reverberates through the ­suburban church hall at Ashgrove, in Brisbane’s inner northwest, as dust dances in the beams of sunlight ...

Everyone Needs Help - A Gift From the Universe to Change the World
Mardra Sikora, Grown Ups and Downs, May 2017
... “Don’t Panic” has served him well as his experiences keep taking him further and further, all the way to the United Nations building in March of 2017 for World Down Syndrome Day. Here, upon taking the platform and seeing his name lit up and the audience preparing to hear him, he said, “I like it here.” ...

McDonald's 'lobby manager' with Down Syndrome retires after 33 years
Laura Colvin, Livingston Daily, 8 May 2017
Daniel Lybrink pumped his arms and hammed it up for an adoring crowd Monday as family, friends, co-workers and others crammed into the Brighton McDonald’s to wish him well. After 33 years, the 62-year-old Howell resident is retiring from the restaurant ...

MacNeil named Citizen of the Year
Chris Abbott, Tillsonburg News, 9 May 2017
Tillsonburg District Chamber of Commerce announced Tillsonburg's 2017 Citizen of the Year is Matthew MacNeil.

... "I was so, so suprised," said MacNeil, who didn't know he had been nominated. "I didn't know about it yet, but when I did, I was so thankful that they chose for me for that award."

MacNeil, 27, made headlines when he travelled to New York City to speak at the United Nations on World Down Syndrome Day, March 21. His message was that everyone should be proud of who they are and they should all be treated the same as everyone else ...

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