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Walnut Creek resident to appear on Primetime tonight

By Theresa Harrington
Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 at 6:53 pm in Education, Theresa Harrington, Walnut Creek.

Christi Hockel on her wedding day.

Christi Hockel on her wedding day.

By Theresa Harrington
Christi Hockel, who works part-time at a Safeway in Walnut Creek, will appear during a Primetime: “What Would You Do?” segment tonight about the Down Syndrome Congress’ “We’re More Alike Than Different” campaign.
The segment will use an actor with Down syndrome to portray a grocery store bagger who is berated by a customer (played by another actor).
The program uses hidden cameras to find out how other shoppers will respond. Advocates for people with disabilities are hoping the segment will educate the public about workers with disabilities.
The show will include video clips from the “We’re More Alike Than Different” campaign featuring Hockel and Mark Hublar on their jobs at Safeway and Wal Mart, showing that employees with Down syndrome are more like their coworkers than they are different. Both Hockel and Hublar are “self advocates” who speak publicly about Down syndrome.
I wrote a story about Christi’s wedding in February. Her “More Alike Than Different” video can also be seen on the National Down Syndrome Congress website.
You can see the Primetime segment at 10 p.m. tonight on Channel 7. What would you do?

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