Michael de Groot Meets His Idol Bill Nye

In Richmond, Virginia a local teen with autism gets the opportunity to meet his idol - Bill Nye the Science Guy. Fifteen year old Michael de Groot has always dreamed of becoming a scientist and inventor so meeting his idol, and respective science icon Bill Nye was a dream come true!

Michael de Groot drew a futuristic laboratory design for Bill Nye the Science Guy.

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Osceola Community Birthday Surprise

A little boy with a mild autism disorder in Osceola Florida has just celebrated his sixth birthday, with the help of his community. Glenn Buratti's mother Ashlee had invited all sixteen class mates of Glenn's to a birthday party, but not one showed up to attend. After a heartfelt message Ashlee had shared on Facebook the community took notice and started to show up at their doorsteps to help celebrate his birthday, even with gifts. Over-joyed with the response Glenn's parents took to Facebook again to thank everyone for making their sons birthday one he will never forget, in a very positive way.

Read more about this amazing story here from The Journal!


Cerebral Palsy Awareness from Lottery Winner

Marie Holmes from North Carolina was the 188 million dollar Powerball winner announced Monday the 23rd. Single mother of four, Marie had previously supported her family working at places such as KFC, Walmart, and McDonald's. Along with putting her children through school, and traveling, Marie also plans to create more awareness for Cerebral Palsy, a disorder her seven year old son was born with.

“I hope that this moment can shine a light on the challenges faced by children and adults with cerebral palsy,” Holmes said. “Not everyone understands what cerebral palsy is, and what it means to a family. I hope our story can help change that.”

 Marie Holmes, second from left, claims her Powerball jackpot from the North Carolina Education Lottery. Holmes, 26, has four children including a 7-year-old son with cerebral palsy. (North Carolina Education Lottery)

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Model With Down Syndrome Walks In New York Fashion Week 

Jamie Brewer a young actress with down syndrome will be walking the runway in this years New York Fashion Week. Designer Carrie Hammer will be putting on the show being titled, "Role Models Not Runway Models". Jamie is recognized as being the first model with down syndome to walk in New York's proclaimed fashion week.

Jamie Brewer, center, plays Nan on

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Disability Storylines in Children's Book 

Novels are now being recognized and honored for having a particular aspect in their pieces. They are being recognized for having a story around a developmental disability. For example one novel that appeals more to the 'kids up to 8' category, is about a young boy that stutters except when speaking to animals. Two other novels that were honored, introduced characters that are either on the autism spectrum, or young adults having a developmental disability transitioning in life.

Read more about these specific books here from Disability Scoop!