The Arc of Indiana, a non-profit organization that serves persons with developmental disabilities, recently posted a new YouTube video featuring one of the Indianapolis Zoo’s employees. Drew Dietrick is part of the Zoo’s staff and currently works handling guests who visit the Flights of Fancy: A Brilliance of Birds exhibit, which includes one-on-one contact with some of the birds. Drew, a young man with autism, is passionate about animals and wildlife and is pursuing a long-term goal of working to help save wild animals.
In the “Passion to Opportunity” video, we learn about Drew’s story and some the challenges he has faced and the successes he’s enjoyed as he has grown up, including getting his degree in wildlife conservation from Unity College in Maine. We see him at work at the Zoo and hear from Drew’s supervisor, Dan Boritt, who manages the Flights of Fancy exhibit, and appreciates the real passion that Drew puts into his job.
Drew also works part-time with the Marion County Board of Voter Registration, where his attention to detail had earned him more plaudits from his bosses there.
While Drew’s story is inspirational, it’s not unique. Through the support of The ARC, many persons with disabilities have found great professional success. The Indianapolis Zoo is lucky to have someone like Drew on its staff who cares so much about the animals in his care. Click here to watch Drew’s story in action, and here for more information about The Arc of Indiana.