According to a recent survey, 1 in every 700 babies born suffers from Down Syndrome. It is a genetic disorder which affects the intellectual and overall development of an individual. Babies born with Downs are believed to have a lower life expectancy. And even though medical aid is available, the condition can’t be cured. Due to the same reason, many parents with these special babies prefer to keep their kids close to them by homeschooling them and not letting them go out to work as they fear their dear ones will be judged. Russell O’ Grady is a man who broke through the chains of usual thinking, stepped out to work and became an inspiration for us all.
Russell began working at Northmead McDonald’s in Sydney in 1986. At that time, hardly anyone with disabilities was employed but Russell wished to change the stereotype which clouds the talents and potential of special people with special needs and well, he did succeed! Now 50-year-old Russell has retired from his post, after serving smiles and spreading happiness for 32 years.
At 18 years old Russell O’ Grady had little to no work experience but he was hired by McDonald’s to begin his career and Russell didn’t disappoint at all! The staff was extremely impressed by his work and his dedication to keeping on working. Russel started out by packing party boxes for McDonald’s but soon he was handed out other tasks as well. Russell O’ Grady impressed everyone with his strong work ethics.
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