Today, the girls and I made a new friend. She’s a thoughtful, intelligent, cheerful young woman who works part-time at a local gift shop. When we arrived at the shop, we found our friend hard at work displaying an assortment of candied and spiced nuts for customers to sample. She was eager to tell us about each variety and encouraged us to try her favorite, “Honey Scrunch.” We had a wonderful conversation about family and school and of course, her job. She was most proud of her job.
The girls and I talked the whole way home about how much we enjoyed meeting our new friend and how impressed we were with her warm personality & her wonderful abilities.
Sadly, what we saw today is not the norm. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 92% of all persons with intellectual disabilities are not employed.
This statistic is not acceptable.
Anne Frank once said ~”Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!”
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