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The Best of the Week In Neurodiversity – 2018 Year in Review

The Week in Neurodiversity

The Neurodiversity News Show, hosted by the Different Brains Inc. interns. Today’s host: Adrienne Sassano

(6 min 17 sec) In this episode, we count down the top 10 stories from 2018, including a comedian with Tourette’s becoming famous on America’s Got Talent, the first Washington Lobbyist with Down syndrome, the first runner with cerebral palsy earning a contract with Nike, and more!

[00:13] At number 10, former NFL star Demarcus Ware teamed with Snoop Dogg and Singing for Superheroes to create a song empowering children with ADHD. https://www.denverpost.com/2018/02/26/demarcus-ware-snoop-dogg-music-video-adhd-awareness/

[00:56] At number 9, a man with Parkinson’s was introduced as the 21st Duck for this year’s Anaheim Ducks hockey team! https://www.nhl.com/ducks/video/michael-lu-named-21st-duck/t-277437084/c-61706903

[01:28] At number 8, Samuel J. Comroe is a comedian with Tourette’s whose routine on America’s Got Talent went viral! https://www.goldderby.com/article/2018/tourettes-comedian-samuel-j-comroe-wife-americas-got-talent-finals-agt-news/

[01:56] At number 7, another viral video, this time of a toddler with Down syndrome singing “You Are my Sunshine” with his older sister! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swo-I2Bl3zY

[02:29] At number 6, the story of a woman with cerebral palsy, who also conquered cancer, opening a CrossFit gym in North Carolina. https://abc11.com/sports/cerebral-palsy-doesnt-stop-woman-from-opening-crossfit-gym-in-knightdale/4153285/

[03:01] At number 5, we learned all about the athlete with Parkinson’s who became an American Ninja Warrior! http://www.foxnews.com/health/2018/08/23/american-ninja-warrior-athlete-with-parkinsons-turns-obstacles-into-relief.html

[03:27] At number 4, Kobe Bryant surprised a young fan with Epilepsy on The View. https://ftw.usatoday.com/2018/05/kobe-bryants-surprise-for-an-inspiring-6-year-old-with-epilepsy

[03:59] At number 3, we met the first Washington lobbyist with Down syndrome! https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-44325048/first-washington-lobbyist-with-down-s-syndrome

[04:32] At number 2, Bryan Cranston delivered a unique, yet powerful message for Alzheimer’s Research UK. http://www.adweek.com/creativity/bryan-cranston-and-an-orange-battle-alzheimers-in-this-powerful-animated-psa/

[05:06] And finally at number 1, Justin Gallegos received the surprise of a lifetime when he became the first runner with cerebral palsy to earn a contract with Nike. https://www.cbssports.com/general/news/nike-surprises-oregon-runner-with-cerebral-palsy-with-a-contract-to-chase-half-marathon-goal/

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