DisruptHR: “Stop seeing a disability, and start seeing a discoverability!”

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Nicholas Popowich is not the typical Disrupt HR speaker. He’s not an HR professional, consultant, supplier or thought leader. He is an employee who describes himself as a role model and self-advocate for those with disabilities. Popowich has Down’s Syndrome.

In his presentation at DisruptHR Regina, Saskatchewan this past spring, he tells the audience, “Everyone can be a star, they just need a chance to shine.” A member of Voices at the Table for Advocacy, Popowich shared his hopes and dreams of one day being an actor, even a director, saying, “There is more to me than what you see. So, I have down syndrome, but that’s only a part of who I am.”

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“Disrupt the old ideas,” he says. “Stop seeing a disability, and start seeing a discoverability!”

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