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A collection of stories, experiences and uplifting tales regarding the world of disabilities and the individuals who have them.

McDonald's throws retirement party for worker with Down's syndrome

Nava Silton

A Massachusetts McDonald’s celebrated the retirement of a very special employee last week. The celebration was for Ms. Freia David, a woman with Down’s syndrome who has been flipping fries for 32 years. Coworkers and customers alike loved her. She always would greet children and meet all of her peers with hugs. She was originally placed at the fast-food chain in 1984 with a program that places adults with cognitive disabilities in community jobs. McDonald’s was one of the first companies to partner with the program. Ms. David says that although she will miss her friends, she is excited to get some time to relax. She is an example that individuals with disabilities can be fully functioning members of society. Read the full news article here.