Image credit: Charles River Centre

An error in the human genome, specifically the 21st chromosome, results in Down Syndrome, a form of intellectual disability.

People with Down syndrome typically aren’t as capable of leading independent lives as people with average mental abilities.

Freia David was a longtime worker at McDonald’s who passed away earlier this week at the age of 55. In actuality, Ms. David spent about 32 years working for McDonald’s.

What’s more intriguing is that Freia David spent her entire career working for McDonald’s in just one Needham restaurant.

At the time of her passing, Ms. David had only recently retired from her longtime position at the Needham McDonald’s fast food restaurant.

Ms. David was hired as a result of a program that places intellectually disabled employees in manageable positions.

The program that Ms. Freia David used to get a job was called the job placement program at the Charles River Center.
In fact, Ms. David lived at the Charles River Center in Needham for about three years after she quit her job at McDonald’s.

When she died, she was discovered there.

Believe it or not, the Charles River Center worked with Freia David as one of its first interactions with people with intellectual disabilities who needed work.

On November 18, the George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home in Needham will host a service for Ms. Freia David 30 minutes before noon.