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Matthew Schwab      

Down Syndrome Advocate

Matthew Schwab is a 25 year-old North Carolina native who recently realized a life-long dream of living on his own, in an apartment with his younger brother. He graduated from Holly Springs High School in June 2017 with an Occupational Course of Study diploma, and in May 2019 completed an internship-based educational program, at Wake Technical Community College.

In addition to his public speaking business, MatthewSchwabSpeaks, Schwab works at 321 Coffee as a barista and coffee bean roaster, and at Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits. Schwab also volunteers with GiGi’s Playhouse, a Ds Achievement Center in Cary, NC, as an ambassador and on their Advisory Board.

In 2019, he gave a TEDx talk about the importance of employing those with IDD. He was recently interviewed by YouTube sensation Anthony Padilla for his “I Spent A Day With…” series. Schwab is passionate about raising awareness about Down syndrome, and the entire IDD community and he enjoys speaking to groups, large and small, about a variety of topics.


LOCAL NEWS 'Huge impact:' NC General Assembly intern with Down syndrome succeeds, inspires
Legislative interns are integral part of how the General Assembly functions, including one intern who brings joy to many during the often stressful session. While walking around the Legislative Building, Matthew Schwab never meets a stranger. The 20-year-old from Holly Springs is an intern for Rep. John Bradford, R-Mecklenburg.
NC House works to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
The North Carolina General Assembly is renewing their efforts to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). In this legislative session, six bills addressing needs for people with IDD have been filed. Four of the pieces of legislation were introduced by Representative John R. Bradford, III of Cornelius, who represents District 98, and Mecklenburg County in the North Carolina House. Bradford has established himself as a leader in the State House for IDD related issues and has made it his priority to advance these important bill

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