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Custodian works to overcome his disability

February 21, 2011
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NORMAN, OK — Bobby Hoskins walks around the University of Oklahoma (OU) campus casually picking up candy wrappers, fast-food containers and other pieces of litter, according to The Daily.

Hoskins is in his tenth year as an OU employee; he is not tenured, he has yet to receive his first bonus and he does most of his work outdoors, the article noted.

While he is a paid staff member at OU, Hoskins is unique: He has Down syndrome, a congenital disorder caused by the appearance of a 21st chromosome, and needs constant, verbal guidance to help him accomplish his tasks throughout the day, the article stated.

According to the article, Hoskins is involved in Able Bodies Learning to Excel, a private, non-profit organization that provides housing and job opportunities for men and women with developmental disabilities.

The organization has worked in conjunction with OU for more than a decade, providing jobs in the Food and Housing Department, the article added.

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