Hi I’m Matthew, a North Carolina native and public speaker.

In addition to speaking events, I work at Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits and ballroom dance with my fiancé. I volunteer with GiGi’s Playhouse, a Down Syndrome Achievement Center, and recently joined the Board of Managers. I’m passionate about raising awareness and acceptance of Down syndrome and the entire IDD community.

Raising awareness and promoting acceptance of Down syndrome can have a profound impact on individuals, families, and communities. It helps break down stereotypes, fosters inclusivity, and creates a more compassionate society.

Breaking stereotypes

By promoting Down syndrome awareness, we challenge misconceptions and highlight the unique abilities of individuals.

Fostering inclusivity

Creating an inclusive community where individuals with Down syndrome are valued and included.

I had Down syndrome before I was born. I will have it my whole life, but, as you can see, it is just ONE part of me!  Feel free to notice my differences BUT please focus
on the overwhelming ways I am just like you.