Man with Down Syndrome Retires After Working 33 Years at McDonald’s – Week in Neurodiversity (5/20/17)


The Week in Neurodiversity

The Neurodiversity News Show, hosted by Mike Nickas.

(3 mins 42 sec) In this episode, McDonald’s honors an employee with Down syndrome after working for 33 years, a son sings with his mother suffering from Alzheimer’s, and a teen with autism who was once non-verbal is now studying for his Masters in quantum physics! These stories and more in this week’s episode!

[00:11] A teen with autism who was once non-verbal is now studying for his Masters in quantum physics.

[00:50] A son sings with his mother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, to help her with cognition.

[01:25] A new app is adjusting the brain stimulator for those with Parkinson’s.

[01:53] A student with Down syndrome found out he got accepted into the University of South Alabama in this viral clip!

[02:06] A new Colorado Campaign is taking on the stigma of mental illness.

[02:28] A man with Down syndrome was honored by McDonald’s for retiring after working with the company for 33 years.

FOR THE FULL-LENGTH STORIES AND VIDEOS:

A teen with autism who was once non-verbal has been tipped for a Nobel Prize and is now studying for his Masters in quantum physics. http://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-22477958/autistic-teen-tipped-for-nobel-prize

A son sings with his mother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, to help her with cognition. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4484750/Son-s-duet-Alzheimer-s-sufferer-mother-88-guitar.html

A new app is adjusting the brain stimulator for those with Parkinson’s. http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/05/08/parkinsons-stimulator-app/

A student with Down syndrome found out he got accepted into the University of South Alabama in this viral clip! http://www.foxnews.com/health/2017/05/09/made-it-student-with-down-syndrome-learns-hes-accepted-to-college.html

A new Colorado Campaign is taking on the stigma of mental illness. http://denver.cbslocal.com/2017/05/01/mental-health-colorado-illness/

A man with Down syndrome was honored by McDonald’s for retiring after working with the company for 33 years. http://www.wxyz.com/news/region/livingston-county/mcdonalds-honors-man-with-down-syndrome-as-he-retires-after-33-years

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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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