Signing & Inclusion News
GraceSigns Recognized for Innovation and Excellence
January 9, 2020
GraceSigns was recently honored at the 27th Annual Heart of Marin Award Luncheon. Sponsored by the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL), the event was attended by over 600 community leaders, volunteers, elected officials and business members. The Center focuses on assisting and acknowledging the contributions of nonprofit organizations in Marin County, California for their vast array of achievements. GraceSigns was honored to be nominated in two categories: Excellence in Innovation and Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence. We were proud to be recognized for our efforts as a nonprofit, based in Northern California but with a worldwide educational reach. GraceSigns creates free sign language and reading applications for mobile devices and features children and adults with and without disabilities.
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Stumptown Hit ABC
Television Show Features the Charming Rising Star
January 2020, by Valerie Carter
ABC has a groundbreaking new television show, Stumptown, set in Portland, Oregon. Cole plays Ansel Parios, younger brother of Dex Parios, a feisty and fierce private investigator with some emotional issues. Getting the role of an actor in Hollywood is not easy for individuals with Down syndrome, but Cole auditioned three times and got the job. He is thrilled, loves his co-workers and he loves the set- he gets to work in a bar! Cole considers himself lucky to have beaten out the competion. Cole is fortunate, finding work for those with an Intellectual Disability (ID) is not only difficult but extremely daunting. The fact is that only 44% of adults ages 21-64 with an ID are employed compared to 83% of those without an ID. But Cole has defied the odds and is winning hearts with his down to earth personality, charm, good looks and incredible acting ability. He is a talent to watch!