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

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Meet our nineteenth entrepreneur with Down Syndrome – Troy Drake.

Troy is an incredibly talented entrepreneur from Nevada. After his family realized how difficult it was going to be for Troy to find a meaningful job, since unemployment rate for individuals with Down Syndrome is so high, they took a leap of faith and opened up a company that makes wooden inspirational signs, personalized items and other home décor.

Hence the birth of Doodle Duck Design 47. An online Etsy shop of products created by Troy himself.

You need to check out Troy’s shop, he has such wonderful signs. Here are a few examples of some I like:

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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 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 Tenth Entrepreneur With Down Syndrome

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It’s time to meet our very talented tenth entrepreneur with Down Syndrome – meet Sarah Strohl!

I am so excited to introduce you to a very talented, high schooler who has taken her passion of food, cooking and created her own tv show.

When Sarah is not busy taking piano lessons, singing in the high school choir, hanging out with her friends or kicking button in her new video series on her Facebook page entitled “Exercise for People with Disabilities” she has her own TV show entitled Sarah’s Great Day.

With her biggest fan by her side, Sarah is busy in the kitchen teaching others how to cook some of her favorite recipes.

You can read more of my interview with Sarah and her mom Valerie from my SpecialMoms Parenting magazine (just click on the photo below)

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

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You will want to meet our ninth entrepreneur with Down syndrome – meet Internationally Acclaimed Artist Dylan Kuehl.

Dylan Kuehl is sole proprietor of DK Arts and a life-long resident of Olympia, Washington. He loves visual and performing arts that’s why he created his own business for individuals of all abilities. You can see him performing in dance competitions, or competing at the Special Olympics. He is a Gold Medal Winner!

He is an outspoken self-advocate and also advocates for others with Down syndrome.

You may also see him on stage and he is a avid rock and roll drummer.

With all that Dylan has done, his one dream was to be a student at Evergreen State College, and he has accomplished that. He shows you that when you have a dream you need to stick with it, no matter what gets in your way.

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.