School Refused To Accept Her But Years Later She Proved Everyone Wrong.

For some odd reason, people seem to think that those who have Down Syndrome cannot lead a productive life…. Well, I’m here to tell ya…Oh, how wrong they are, and here are 10 stories of people with Down Syndrome running their own businesses.

1. 22-year-old Emma of Auckland, New Zealand, has Down Syndrome, and her life has certainly been a tough one. One day she was being enrolled at a school and everything was just fine… until they realized she had Down Syndrome.

Then, officials at that school suddenly said they were out of room and couldn’t accept her. Emma, as a teenager, also lost her mom to cancer, leaving her dad Tony to raise her and her sister.

After graduation, jobs were hard for her to find, so she and her dad worked together on a project and now Emma has her own business, making soy-based candles and selling them. The candles are called Downlights, and its doing very well.


2. Blake Pyron is 20 and he lives in Sanger, Texas. And he has Down Syndrome. But Blake is actually the youngest business owner in his city… operating his own snow cone shack.

And when word started spreading around the community about Blake and his business, residents started rallying behind him to make it a success… and who doesn’t love a snow cone in the summer?


3. 26-year-old Anna Rudick of Minnetonka, Minnesota, also has that genetic disorder, but she sure doesn’t let it keep her from being a successful businesswoman.

Anna started a greeting card business, making custom creations from her home. She did this after meeting Karen Titus during a program for adults with disabilities. Karen took Anna under her wing and helped her start up her business.

Says Karen: “Anna is a delight to work with. She is a hard worker and takes pride in what she is doing.”


4. 21-year-old John Cronin, with Down Syndrome, wanted to start a business but he really didn’t know what to do. Then, his dad Mark looked down at John’s legs and realized his son had always wanted to wear crazy socks. And with that, John’s Crazy Socks was born.


5. Nolan Stillwell doesn’t let Down Syndrome hold him back. He picks the perfect peppers from a pepper patch in his back yard. And those peppers go into making Sweet Heat Jam from the kitchen at a Texas church. Nolan always liked to cook, so this was the perfect path for him to take.

Says his mom, Christine: “I think that every parent of a special needs child should never underestimate what their child can do.”


6. Isabella Springmuhl of Guatemala is only 19, yet, despite have Down Syndrome, she is making her dreams come true. Isabella is a fashion designer, and her designs have caught the attention of the fashion industry.

She also works to make designs specifically for those with Down Syndrome, as it’s often hard to find comfortable-fitting clothes. Isabella is making that happen.


7. Christian Royal found a love of making pottery during his homeschooling. And he has quite the talent for making beautiful pieces of work. He was even invited to sell his pottery in an art gallery in Charleston, South Carolina.

And, yes, people are quite shocked to find out that someone with Down Syndrome created such incredible work. But Christian knows he can do things others can’t, and that makes his work all the more fun.


8. Aside from having Down Syndrome, Joe Steffy has autism and is non-verbal. Yet, he is the owner of Poppin Joe’s Gourmet Kettle Korn. This came soon after high school counselors told Joe’s parents that he would never hold a job and probably have to live in a group home the rest of his life. His business posts sales of around $75,000 a year.

A short while back, Joe even testified through a special talking computer to a House Small Business Committee about the opportunities business ownership can provide to people like himself.


9. 21-year-old Emma Lynam of North Queensland, Australia, has Down Syndrome. She has her own business and she can’t even read or write. But that actually turned out to be essential for her business.

Emma runs Master Shedder, a company that disposes of confidential documents from a credit union and other individuals. And since Emma can’t read or write, she’s the perfect person to shred up these documents.


10. Collette Divitto of Boston, couldn’t find a job… nobody would hire her… and they wouldn’t hire her because she has Down Syndrome.

Says Collete: “It’s very upsetting to me. It’s very hard to find a paying job for people like me who have special needs.”

So Collette decided to go into business for herself. She bakes cookies, and she sells them…. and she sells A LOT of them. So much so that she plans to soon grow her business and hire more and more people. But the only ones she will hire will also have disabilities of their own.


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