Baseball MVP Kirk Gibson on Life with Parkinson’s Disease – Week in Neurodiversity (6/3/17)


The Week in Neurodiversity

The Neurodiversity News Show, hosted by Mike Nickas.

(3 mins 52 sec) In this episode, a comedian uses his Asperger’s diagnosis to his advantage, fashion students hold a fashion show for children with Down syndrome, and former baseball player Kirk Gibson discusses living with Parkinson’s! These stories and more in this week’s edition!

Editor’s note: the first story takes place in Portland, Maine, not Portland, Oregon as is stated.

[00:12] A comedian uses his Asperger’s diagnosis to his advantage in his routine.

[00:50] ABC News in Dallas discusses how fidget spinners may help students with ADHD reduce stress.

[01:20] Fashion students of the O’More College of Design in Nashville created clothing for children with Down syndrome, and got to stand by those children as they modeled off their brand new designs.

[01:47] President of the National Down syndrome Society Sara Hart Weir joins WFMZ news in Pennsylvania to discuss how communities are working with Down syndrome.

[02:21] Over in Virginia, a young boy with apraxia is using the power of a positive attitude to overcome his speech disorder.

[02:53] Former baseball player and World Series hero Kirk Gibson speaks out about his battle with Parkinson’s in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

FOR THE FULL-LENGTH STORIES AND VIDEOS:

A comedian uses his Asperger’s diagnosis to his advantage in his routine. http://bangordailynews.com/2017/05/17/living/this-portland-comedian-finds-humor-in-his-aspergers-syndrome/

ABC News in Dallas discusses how fidget spinners may help students with ADHD reduce stress. http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/verify/verify-do-fidget-spinners-help-people-with-adhd-and-stress/441929155

Fashion students of the O’More College of Design in Nashville created clothing for children with Down syndrome, and got to stand by those children as they modeled off their brand new designs. http://www.today.com/style/o-more-college-design-holds-fashion-show-kids-down-syndrome-t111855

President of the National Down syndrome Society Sara Hart Weir joins WFMZ news in Pennsylvania to discuss how communities are working with Down syndrome. http://www.wfmz.com/news/69news-at-sunrise/living-with-down-syndrome-how-our-communities-are-doing-1/512859579

Over in Virginia, a young boy with apraxia is using the power of a positive attitude to overcome his speech disorder. http://www.wdbj7.com/content/news/Local-boy-working-to-overcome-speech-disorder-with-positive-attitude-and-humor-422834184.html

Former baseball player and World Series hero Kirk Gibson speaks out about his battle with Parkinson’s in Grand Rapids, Michigan. http://woodtv.com/2017/05/23/kirk-gibson-on-parkinsons-its-just-a-grind/

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Mike Nickas received his Bachelor of Arts in Film and Multimedia Studies at Florida Atlantic University in December of 2015, and is currently pursuing an education in the fields of neuropsychology and special education. He is the host of the online news show The Week in Neurodiversity, and author of the column Notions by Nickas. He also currently works as a camp counselor at Dr. Mike Rizzo’s Child Provider Specialists in Weston, FL.

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