It is hard to find good and paid jobs for disabled people due to the lack of accessibility. Sometimes people treat disabled people less favorably than non-disabled people. However, there are companies who managed to prove that even disable people can work for good salaries without any discrimination. As the best example, McDonald’s worker with Down’s syndrome is finally retiring after making customers smile.
Russell O’Grady has Down syndrome and has become the face of the fast-food outlet in Northmead in west Sydney. After 32 years’ service, the 50-year-old has announced his retirement.
He started his career in 1986, he was only 18 years old. He was found the job in Northmead McDonald’s by trough Jobsupport. It is a support scheme to place people with moderate intellectual disability in employment.
Even though he was not having any job experience, he succeeded to impress his collogues and customers with his job ethics. He also became a manager to his colleagues. All these years many people who visited him used to greet him.
Jobsupport assistant manager Kate O’Grady told Daily Mail Australia “He’s an incredibly social person and can hardly walk down the street without people stopping to chat with him or buy him a beer at the club.” During the working hours, Russel welcomed everyone with a kind smile. He has a cheerful attitude and showed exceptional dedication to his work.
“We’ve got regular customers who come in to see Russell on Thursday and Friday, and the staff look after him, so we’re going to miss him.” His supervisor told The Daily Telegraph
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