The Best Of The Week In Neurodiversity – 2017 Year In Review

The Best of the Week In Neurodiversity – 2017 Year in Review


The Week in Neurodiversity

The Neurodiversity News Show, hosted by the DifferentBrains.org staff.

Today’s host: Adrienne Marie Sassano!

(6 min 9 sec) In this episode, we count down our top ten stories from 2017, including the army vet who traveled the country on foot to spread awareness for PTSD, and the young woman who lost her hearing at age 18 that stunned the world on America’s Got Talent! These stories and more in this super sized episode! Happy New Years!

[00:12] An army veteran who traveled to all four corners of the US on foot to spread awareness for PTSD.

[00:49] A father has created a comic book character with Down syndrome for his son that has the same condition.

[01:17] Collette Devieto, the girl with Down syndrome whose cookie business took the world by storm, gave out cookies on the Oscar red carpet!

[01:38] Luke Bryan got to meet a fan with apraxia, who learned how to pronounce the letter “k” by saying his name.

[01:57] Boy meets World star Rider Strong makes the birthday wishes of a fan with Down syndrome come true.

[02:25] Game of Thrones star Kit Harington, whose cousin has autism and Down syndrome, discusses the importance of erasing the stigma for those with developmental and learning disabilities.

[03:02] A Georgia Tech PhD student with Asperger’s has lived his dream of competing on Jeopardy!

[03:33] A Parkinson’s patient goes from struggling to walk to leading a dance in this viral clip.

[03:59] Carly Fleischmann is a woman on the autism spectrum who is the first ever non-verbal talk show host. When she appeared on comedian Jon Stewart’s Night of Too Many Stars benefit to interview Stephen Colbert, the interview didn’t go quite as planned. But Stewart used the opportunity to raise acceptance for those whose brains may be a bit different.

[04:53] Mandy Harvey is a 29-year-old singer who lost her hearing at the age of just 18, but shocked the world with her performance on America’s Got Talent.

FOR THE FULL-LENGTH STORIES AND VIDEOS:

An army veteran who traveled to all four corners of the US on foot to spread awareness for PTSD. http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/07/03/army-vet-cross-country-trek-ptsd/

A father has created a comic book character with Down syndrome for his son that has the same condition. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/dad-creates-comic-book-character-with-down-syndrome-for-his-son/

Collette Devieto, the girl with Down syndrome whose cookie business took the world by storm, gave out cookies on the Oscar red carpet! http://boston.cbslocal.com/2017/02/01/collettes-cookies-down-syndrome-divitto-oscars-wbz/

Luke Bryan got to meet a fan with apraxia, who learned how to pronounce the letter “k” by saying his name. http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/luke-bryan-meeting-14-year-learned-pronounce-letter/story?id=50870375

Boy meets Worldstar Rider Strong makes the birthday wishes of a fan with Down syndrome come true. http://abc7ny.com/society/teen-with-down-syndrome-gets-boy-meets-world-birthday-wish/1861267/

Game of Thrones star Kit Harington, whose cousin has autism and Down syndrome, discusses the importance of erasing the stigma for those with developmental and learning disabilities. http://www.bbc.com/news/av/health-40807237/game-of-thrones-star-kit-harington-backs-care-pay-campaign

A Georgia Tech PhD student with Asperger’s has lived his dream of competing on Jeopardy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUUTCnHxLCE

A Parkinson’s patient goes from struggling to walk to leading a dance in this viral clip. http://www.foxnews.com/health/2017/01/16/patient-with-parkinsons-goes-from-struggling-to-walk-to-leading-dance-in-viral-clip.html

Carly Fleischmann is a woman on the autism spectrum who is the first ever non-verbal talk show host. When she appeared on comedian Jon Stewart’s Night of Too Many Stars benefit to interview Stephen Colbert, the interview didn’t go quite as planned. But Stewart used the opportunity to raise acceptance for those whose brains may be a bit different. http://ew.com/tv/2017/11/19/jon-stewart-autism-awareness-carly-fleischmann/

Mandy Harvey is a 29-year-old singer who lost her hearing at the age of just 18, but shocked the world with her performance on America’s Got Talent. https://apnews.com/f55399ce53fd4a65b145af03b946bc5c

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