It is hard not to smile when Joey is around.
Joey Solinsky, the oldest of six children, has Down syndrome. He works in a local barbershop sweeping hair and enjoys a massage every other week. Joey lives in a group home. His interests include watching old TV shows, listening to his radio on his headphones and writing his calendars.
It is hard not to smile when Joey is around.
Every year, we have the same debate: Awareness vs Acceptance. There is a firmly held belief within some corners of the Down syndrome community that it is way past time for awareness. While I understand where they’re coming from, and occasionally agree with some of the reactions to specific stories, I think it’s a more complicated issue than we like to admit.
Josh, Marcus, and Josh all have had positive work experiences, however, each of them have faced challenges with finding employment placement as well, with varying levels of current success in that area.
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So how about some fun questions:
Who is your favorite Muppet?
The two old guys.....they get to say things that most of us are thinking. They don't care to be "politically correct"! There are many days, I'd just like to blurt out something I'm thinking without thinking about consequences!!!! I actually have enough problems having a lack of filtering at times......but I'd love to be able to get away with the things these guys do. I bet by the time I'm their age, I will have an awful time controlling my mouth and I probably won't have too many friends either. Yes, LOL!
From the back of the car Emily shouts to the sunset - Look! The sky is orange juice flavour!
Today’s adult blog spotlight is on Orange Juice Flavour Sky. This blog is written by Emily’s dad, Paul, and if you weren’t clued in by the extra u, they share their story from across the pond. Rotherham and South Yorkshire area where folks call Trisomy 21 Down’s syndrome. I love reading about Emily’s family and their adventures.
What you should do, right now, is drop everything, put the kettle on, and spend a few hours reading everything from the blog that shares: “Lessons I'm learning from Emily and others with Down's syndrome.” However, if you, for some odd reason, can’t do that. I will point you to a few of my favorite posts.
This post came early in my “meeting” of the family, A Date to Remember. This is the story of Emily’s first date. “So let me tell you about my daughter Emily & her boyfriend Jono. Emily is 20 and has Down’s syndrome; Jono is one year older and also has Down’s syndrome. They met at school when Emily was 16. It soon became apparent to their teachers that there was something in the air (and it wasn’t the chicken korma drifting through from the dining hall). No, Emily and Jono had hit it off. Laughing together, wanting to be with one another, being in a better mood when the other was near. Sound familiar?” You’re going to have to read on to see how this one turns out.
One of the great things about being part of a team is that it gives you a chance to see different perspectives on the same issue. Karen, Mardra, and I don't ever seem to see things exactly the same, but we have a mutual respect for each other's opinions. The best way we've found to get multiple opinions across is talk it through. BlogTalk Radio gives us a platform to share some of those discussions with our community.
In our first show, we talked about guardianship and sheltered workshops with two other friends, for two hours, and didn't quite get through all of our thoughts. :D
*originally posted 5/15/14 by Grown Ups & Downs
After graduation Marcus had a job with the family business. When that opportunity changed, we discovered the labyrinth that is vocational services. Having not yet conquered that beast - we are still looking for the best...options. Here are Marcus' thoughts on work and jobs ->
Dev just turned 18
She is a Cheer Leader through and through
She loves to dance and sing
Her favorite class is Marine Biology
After graduating high school in the spring, she will be taking classes at the community college
She enjoys challenging herself and annoying her younger brother :-)
My name is Josh. I am 19 years old and I just happened to have Down syndrome. I am leading a very happy, productive and fulfilled life. I am especially good at teasing and joking. I am full of humor and I love to laugh and make others laugh too. I love music, specifically Celtic Thunder. I love to play cards, especially Scat. I love bowling with my Special Olympics team. I loved my horseback riding lessons. I used to play baseball, but running is just not my thing! My favorite thing is swinging while I listen to music. I have four adopted dogs! I currently work as a helper in a preschool classroom and I love my job, my coworkers and the kids!
You can follow me at Just Joshin' Ya on Facebook!
Here on The Road we love to share stores about adults who find their creativity! Allie has done just that! She's also the first (alphabetically) on our list of adults who have their own businesses! Today's post was written by Allie and her Dad and on Friday we get to talk to Allie on our BlogTalk Radio show! Be sure to join us and welcome Allie and her family to The Road!
Check out Allie's website and Facebook page.
Life on "the road" of caregiving for adults who have Down syndrome.
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