Thursday, February 05, 2009

Woman with Down syndrome manages Canadian coffee shop

Natalie Stevanus, 25, has Down syndrome but nevertheless won a managerial position at a Canadian coffee shop. The shop has won the Canadian Down syndrome Society's Employer of the Year award in part for its efforts to accommodate Stevanus. Staff tweaked the manager's job to focus more on customer relations, at which Stevanus excels, than paperwork. "The customers love her," said general manager Corrina Newhook. "If she's off for a day, they come and ask 'Where's Natalie?' " (Kitchener, Ontario)

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