Father Creates Minecraft Safe Place for Kids With Autism – Week in Neurodiversity (5/27/17)


The Week in Neurodiversity

The Neurodiversity News Show, hosted by Mike Nickas.

(3 mins 31 sec) In this episode, weightlifter with Down syndrome goes perfect in his competition, Shazam raises awareness for Alzheimer’s, and how has one father created a Minecraft safe place for kids with with autism? These stories and more in this week’s edition!

[00:11] Luca Thimm is a German weightlifter with Down syndrome who went a perfect 6 for 6 in his local weightlifting competition.

[00:35] A father has quit his job to create Minecraft specifically for children on the autism spectrum.

[01:13] Nathan Simons is the first individual with Down syndrome to become a full-time employee at Boston Children’s Hospital, and is inspiring his peers and patients with his work ethic.

[01:50] The music app Shazam has teamed up with Alzheimer’s Society UK to raise awareness of the condition among younger generations.

[02:22] Golf Digest’s series “Golf Saved my Life” covers the story of how a boy with Asperger’s found happiness through golfing with his father.

 

FOR THE FULL-LENGTH STORIES AND VIDEOS:

Luca Thimm is a German weightlifter with Down syndrome who went a perfect 6 for 6 in his local weightlifting competition. https://barbend.com/luca-thimm-weightlifter/

A father has quit his job to create Minecraft specifically for children on the autism spectrum. http://www.my9nj.com/fox-content-hub/255312316-story

Nathan Simons is the first individual with Down syndrome to become a full-time employee at Boston Children’s Hospital, and is inspiring his peers and patients with his work ethic. http://boston.cbslocal.com/2017/05/16/down-syndrome-boston-childrens-hospital-employee-inspires/

The music app Shazam has teamed up with Alzheimer’s Society UK to raise awareness of the condition among younger generations. https://alzheimersnewstoday.com/2017/05/18/shazam-lyrics-ap-uses-novel-way-raise-alzheimers-awareness/

Golf Digest’s series “Golf Saved my Life” covers the story of how a boy with Asperger’s found happiness through golfing with his father. http://www.golfdigest.com/story/a-boy-with-autism-and-his-father-bond-over-golf

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Mike Nickas received his Bachelor of Arts in Film and Multimedia Studies at Florida Atlantic University in December of 2015, and is currently pursuing an education in the fields of neuropsychology and special education. He is the host of the online news show The Week in Neurodiversity, and author of the column Notions by Nickas. He also currently works as a camp counselor at Dr. Mike Rizzo’s Child Provider Specialists in Weston, FL.
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Mike Nickas

Mike Nickas received his Bachelor of Arts in Film and Multimedia Studies at Florida Atlantic University in December of 2015, and is currently pursuing an education in the fields of neuropsychology and special education. He is the host of the online news show The Week in Neurodiversity, and author of the column Notions by Nickas. He also currently works as a camp counselor at Dr. Mike Rizzo’s Child Provider Specialists in Weston, FL.

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