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Small Kentucky Town Elects a Pawsome New Pitbull Mayor

By Breanna Battaglia / June 29, 2017

The dog days are in full-swing for a small Kentucky town that has elected the most pawsome new mayor. Brynneth (Brynn) Pawltro made her debut as mayor of Rabbit Hash in January, beating out a cat, chicken and donkey for the coveted position. Brynn’s owner, Jordie Bamfort, started the rescue pitbull’s campaign as a joke, […]

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North Carolina Coffee Shop Brews Inclusivity by Hiring Employees with Disabilities

By Breanna Battaglia / June 28, 2017

When you step into Bitty & Beau’s Coffee in Wilmington, North Carolina, you’re bound to have a unique customer service experience. Here, they brew more than just coffee—they brew love, acceptance and inclusivity. After discovering that nearly 70% of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are unemployed, Amy Wright and her husband wanted to […]

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Mom Inspired by Daughter with Down Syndrome Creates Support Group for Irish Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

By Breanna Battaglia / June 15, 2017

A mom from Tralee, Ireland was inspired by her daughter to start a local support group for adults with intellectual disabilities. Maree O’Connor felt that her 22-year-old daughter, Labhaoise, who has Down syndrome, was truly taken care of when she was young, but once she grew into adulthood, things changed. When Labhaoise turned 18, school […]

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Ontario Shelter Receives $10,000 Donation from Former Homeless Man

By Breanna Battaglia / June 7, 2017

After receiving $10,000 from a lawsuit settlement, a former homeless man has donated his compensation to a local Ontario shelter. On April 1, Shelter House in Thunder Bay, Ontario, stopped offering one of their community programs—Street Outreach Services (SOS)—year-round due to a lack of funding. SOS was run by two shelter employees who drove around […]

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