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The best TED Talks challenge conventional thinking and move us to look at the world in a new way. John and Mark X. Cronin, the father-son team behind John’s Crazy Socks, rose to that challenge in their TEDx Talk entitled, Differently Abled People Want to Help Us. Their TEDx Talk offered a simple yet powerful idea: people with differing abilities are not waiting for our help as much as they are waiting to help us.
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John Cronin, co-founder of John’s Crazy Socks, is a Special Olympic athlete who loves the Special Olympics. In starting his business, he pledged to give back to the Special Olympics. John and John’s Crazy Socks has now raised $106,557 for the Special Olympics and today they held an event to celebrate.
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Liza Laurino-Siegal, a doctoral student at St. John’s University has published her dissertation which examined employers working with people with disabilities. She focused her research on two Long Island based companies: John’s Crazy Socks and Spectrum Design. The study documents the benefits of employing people with differing abilities. 
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New York State Assemblyman Jarett Gandolfo visited John’s Crazy Socks on Friday. The Assemblyman made the visit so he could understand more about what New York State can do to promote employment of people with differing abilities and to support small businesses like John’s Crazy Socks.
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John is an informed voter: he studies the candidates (and has met many of them), reads about the ballot propositions and asks questions.
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Congressman Andrew R. Garbarino (R-NY-02) and Congressman Tom Suozzi (D-NY-03) introduced a Resolution supporting the designation of October as Down Syndrome Awareness Month and supporting the goals and ideals of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. The Congressmen announced the Resolution at a press conference this afternoon in honor of Down Syndrome Awareness outside the Capitol Building where they were joined by Long Island's own John Cronin and Mark X. Cronin, co-founders of John’s Crazy Socks.
We are excited to share that Congress has taken up bi-partisan legislation that will allow employers to extend the same benefits to people with differing abilities that they offer to all other employees.  
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John’s Crazy Socks is excited to announce that Jacob Greene from Huntington Station, New York has been selected as our Differing Abilities Design Intern for the summer of 2021. This position goes to a person with differing abilities who has the design skills that can assist in designing new socks for John’s Crazy Socks. 
Vanderbilt University has asked John and Mark X. Cronin to give a speech at the graduation ceremony for the Next Steps program. Leading entrepreneurs and advocates for the rights of the disabled, the Cronins are excited to both congratulate the graduates on their achievement and to inspire them to make their mark on the world. 
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At John’s Crazy Socks, we have a mission to show what people with differing abilities can achieve. One way we carry out that mission is to advocate for policy, legislative and regulatory changes to support people with differing abilities. This week, John and Mark X. Cronin, our co-founders, met with two members of Congress to push for key legislative changes that advance the rights of people with differing abilities.
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John created his Unity Socks to remind us all that we have more in common than we do differences. John designed the Unity Socks with American flags spread across a field of blue to symbolize the unity and inclusion that binds all Americans. As John said, “Let’s do something to bring people together and make them happy.”
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