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Why is it GOOD to include individuals with Down Syndrome in the work place? As an advocate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Matthew Schwab shares his idea on how to create a win/win that is GOOD on many levels. This engaging talk raises awareness about Down Syndrome, and demonstrates with compassion and humor, why it’s important to employ the differently-abled. Matthew Schwab is an advocate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. His passions include raising awareness about Down syndrome and demonstrating why it’s good for all to employ the differently-abled.
Matthew is a 22-year-old North Carolina native from Holly Springs. He
graduated from Holly Springs High School in June 2017 with an occupational course of study diploma. After high school, he completed Project Search, an internship based educational program through Wake Tech. Matthew works at AMC Theaters, Fuquay Revolution Volleyball, 321 Coffee, Chick-Fil-A and has launched his own public speaking business. He volunteers with WCPSS and serves on the Advisory Council at 321 Coffee and with GiGi’s Playhouse, a Down syndrome achievement center, as an ambassador and on their Youth Advisory Board. He has attended workshops on advocacy, spoken to Governors McCrory and Cooper and was a paid intern in the NC State legislature.
Matthew has a long-term girlfriend, loves to travel and spend time with his family and friends. Matthew aspires to live on his own, be self-supporting, get married and have a career as a public speaker. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at