Down Syndrome In The Workplace – Meet Our Twentieth Entrepreneur With Down Syndrome

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I am so happy to finish this campaign with our twentieth entrepreneur with Down Syndrome – Karen Gaffney!

Karen is a truly motivational speaker, self advocate, college graduate, President of the Karen Gaffney Foundation and an avid swimmer.

She successfully swam the English Channel as part of a six-person relay team. And two years ago, she accomplished her biggest swimming Challenge yet…she swam 9-miles across Lake Tahoe in 59-degree water to raise money for the National Down Syndrome Congress and to show the world that people with Down Syndrome are more alike, rather than different, from everyone else.

Karen travels the country speaking to a wide range of audiences about overcoming limitations and about what can be accomplished with positive expectations.

Her inspirational TED Talk she did July, 2015 entitled “All Lives Matter” was so amazing, let me share:

 

Her foundation the Karen Gaffney Foundation is “dedicated to championing the journey to full inclusion for people with Down syndrome and other disabilities”. Karen has videos and courses that she has developed.

Her lifestyle proves a full productive and inclusive life is in store for parents and families of a child born with Down syndrome or other learning disabilities.

Please visit her site and all that she is doing to pave the way the individuals with Down Syndrome.

Please continue following us as we celebrate 21 entrepreneurs who own their own business, have a meaningful job and the companies that are hiring individuals with Down syndrome, as we lead up to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day on March 21st.

Down Syndrome In The Workplace – Meet Our Eighteenth Entrepreneur With Down Syndrome

Special & Deteremined WDSD - Nolan Stilwell s So let’s meet our eighteenth entrepreneur with Down Syndrome and see what Nolan Stilwell is cooking in the kitchen.

Have you heard of Sweet Heat Jam Co? Sweet Heat Jam Co. was founded in 2011 by Nolan Stilwell. Nolan is the creator of Sweet Heat Jams. He is a culinary artist, young entrepreneur, avid gardener and native Texan, who just happens to have Down Syndrome.

These handcrafted all-natural jams are made with a special blend of fresh chili peppers, fruits and a twist of fine-tuned culinary expertise. Most of the fruits and peppers used are Texas grown and the few that aren’t, only wished they could be! Sweet Heat jams are gluten-free, fat-free and so versatile in their use, you will find that these jams will become one of the hardest working jars in your fridge!

Nolan feels his business is a ministry, to help other individuals with disabilities feel valued in the workforce.

Let’s see what his Mom has to say about the business:

Besides finding Nolan’s jams at many fine Texan establishments you can also purchase his jams online at his store.

Be sure to check out the wonderful recipes Nolan has online using his products.

Please continue following us as we celebrate 21 entrepreneurs who own their own business, have a meaningful job and the companies that are hiring individuals with Down syndrome, as we lead up to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day on March 21st.

Down Syndrome In The Workplace – Meet Our Seventeenth Entrepreneur With Down Syndrome

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It’s time to meet our seventeenth entrepreneur with Down syndrome. Some of you may know our next rising actress, self-advocate, public speaker, artist and entrepreneur from her role in the tv documentary on A&E  “Born This Way”

But Megan Bomgaars has always been in the spotlight and advocating for her rights and others in a video that went viral entitled “Don’t Limit Me”

But she is also a budding entrepreneur. She loves fashion and is aspiring to be an actress. But her hand-dyed clothing line is so amazing. Megology products are created by using a special hand-dye technique. Eco-chic and durable, these unique one-of-a-kind pieces will never be identical.

She travels the world doing public speaking engagements and was invited to the White House to hear President and Mrs. Obama speak about the Reach Higher initiative in this bonus scene from “Up Syndrome.”

 Please follow Meg’s journey by following her at Megoloy.

Please continue following us as we celebrate 21 entrepreneurs who own their own business, have a meaningful job and the companies that are hiring individuals with Down syndrome, as we lead up to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day on March 21st.

Down Syndrome In The Marketplace – Meet Our Sixteenth Entrepreneur With Down Syndrome

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Meet our sixteenth entrepreneur with Down syndrome and I believe our youngest – meet Faith Duncan.

Meet She wants people to know that she can do the same things as her peers, but may do them in her own way.  But not to have doubt.

You can follow her journey and see the beautiful products she is selling online on her website.

Please continue following us as we celebrate 21 entrepreneurs who own their own business, have a meaningful job and the companies that are hiring individuals with Down syndrome, as we lead up to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day on March 21st.

Down Syndrome In The Workplace – Meet Our Fifteenth Entrepreneur With Down Syndrome

Special & Deteremined WDSD - Katie Henderson s As we are getting to the end of our campaign, I would like for you to meet the fifteenth entrepreneur with Down Syndrome.  Meet Katie Henderson an internationally recognized artist, and successful fashion illustrator.

She is self taught and it took her several years to discover her technique. A technique that has allowed her to start her own business. She opened her own business August 2011 and had her first gallery in February 2012.

Miss Katie as she likes to be called has been featured on blog, fashion magazines.

She gained an international following after her art was sold in five different countries.

She is also an active self advocate in ARC and Special Olympics.

Please visit her site.

Please continue following us as we celebrate 21 entrepreneurs who own their own business, have a meaningful job and the companies that are hiring individuals with Down syndrome, as we lead up to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day on March 21st.