First McDonalds Employee with Down Syndrome Celebrates 30 Year Milestone

You might not have heard of him, but Russell O’Grady is a local legend in the Sydney suburb of Northmead, and can barely walk down the street without someone stopping him for a chat. He’s also a bit of a legend to his managers and workmates at McDonalds, where he has been working for the last 30 years.

This might not seem overly unusual, but Russell O’Grady has Down Syndrome, and is one of the first ever disabled people to be placed in work through Jobsupport’s program to place people with intellectual disabilities into employment in the regular workforce.

The Power of Belief: Noelia Garella Becomes First Teacher with Down Syndrome

31 year old Noelia Garella was rejected for preschool as a child and labeled a “monster” – all because she has Down Syndrome. In a surprise twist decades later she defied societal taboos around disability to achieve her childhood dream of becoming a teacher. Based in her Argentinian hometown of Cordoba, it is thought to be the first appointment of its kind in Latin America.

Noelia fights to overcome prejudice

The New Social Media Site Focusing on Accessibility for People with a Disability

There’s a new social media platform in town and it aims to facilitate connections between disabled people. “My Disability Matters” was created by Tasmanian man Dale Reardon, who was increasingly frustrated by the accessibility issues he encountered with mainstream social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram.

The issue of accessibility with social media

Dinesh Palipana Becomes QLD’s First Quadriplegic Medical Intern

Dinesh Palipana was one of the best interns to have ever graduated from the Griffith School of Medicine, excelling in his chosen field of study despite having the additional challenge of being quadriplegic.

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