Entries in New Westminster (65)

Friday
Mar272015

White House Receptionist Breaks Disability Barriers 

Leah Katz-Hernandez, Connecticut native, has recently taken on the role of the receptionist of the United States. Born deaf, Leah has faced many challenges but overcoming work place disability barriers has not been one of them. Directly outside the Oval office, Leah greets anyone coming to meet President Barack Obama, and handles the official guest book. Leah is accompanied with a sign-language interpreter for assistance in daily tasks such as answering the telephone.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity and also to show that deaf people can do anything,” - Katz-Hernandez

Read more here from Disability Scoop

Monday
Mar232015

5-Year-Old Boy With Autism Helps Rescue Man

Chase Faulingham from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia was born on the autism spectrum but that clearly does not affect his ability to spot an emergency and the need for help. Chase and his grandfather Thomas Murray were out one day for a walk when Chase had heard a faint cry for help, Chase called out saying "stop" and after a few moments Thomas continued on thinking he heard nothing of importance. Chase called out again saying "No Poppa Jim. Listen. Listen. Help." and listening closely his grandfather finally heard the faint cries for help of a man injured in a snow bank. The two climbed over the snow bank and called for paramedics. Chase is now being recognized for his heoric actions at home and in his community, showing great progress within himself.

 Read more and see the video here from CTV News.

Friday
Mar202015

Dancing With The Stars For Autism

Lauren Topor and Tom Leap both 24 years old on the autism spectrum, share the love for dancing, ballroom dancing in particular. A "Phantom of the Opera" ballroom routine earned them first place in the "Dancing with the Stars for Autism" contest in Johnstown Pennsylvania. Through dancing it is now clearly shown that both Lauren and Tom have gained tremendous self-confidence and have found a great purpose in life. Read more about their stories here at Autism Speaks!

Friday
Mar132015

D's House - Basketball Team Against Bullying

Desiree Andrews, a grade eight student at Lincoln Middle School in Wisconsin had what seemed to be a bad situation turned upside down thanks to her school's boys basketball team. Some spectators had been poking fun at Desiree one eveing at their school's basketball game as she was cheerleading. Seeing this, three players came off the court to stop the bullies and give Desiree their full support. As well as gaining three new friends, Lincoln's gymnasium was re-named to be "D's House" which the basketball team also chants before game time.

Read more about this great story here at People.com!

Thursday
Mar052015

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.

Read more here from ABC News