The challenges of finding, keeping, liking or not-liking, and possibly finding employment again, is something every adult faces.
It comes as no surprise that adults with Down syndrome have extra challenges finding and pursuing options within the job market. Families of those with DS and self-advocates are always on the lookout for employment opportunities that are safe and rewarding.

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.

For example, Josh of Just Joshin’ Ya is on a roll at his new job. He’s working in a preschool in a very supportive environment that is proving to be a positive experience for everyone. You can follow along on his journey via Facebook. Josh’s mom tackled the subject of work here on the road where she explains that “Work is a Requirement.” Here’s a video from one of the teachers that he works with. What a great job!  


Marcus talks about work here, past and future. For the present, he’s, as we say in networking circles, “Between Jobs.” Unfortunately, opportunities are few and far between. So we, at the Grown Ups and Downs’ house are considering what many other families have begun, a bit of non-traditional employment. Entrepreneurial.

Truly, it’s no surprise that this list of business owners with DS continues to grow. These folks aren’t letting closed doors keep them in, instead they take their talent to the streets!

There are many folks within the disability community who have found meaningful employment and social opportunities within the Sheltered Workshop format. The Road’s official stance on this issue is More Choices. Although we recognize that the sheltered workshop format is not appropriate for everyone, we also recognize that community employment has its own limitations for those in our community. That said, we cannot stop the changes that have already been legislated. Hopefully the local governments will take heed to the variety of needs of the families they serve. Sheltered workshops is an issue we have tackled here and here and post news updates here.

We do not underestimate our children’s abilities or their desire to be as independent as possible within our communities. This includes the joy of a paycheck, like Randal shows off here, as well as the importance of self-esteem, community, and contribution.  Here on The Road we will continue to share our stories and challenges and look forward to hearing yours as well. This is an ongoing issue that we have just begun to tackle with a mountain of both challenges and opportunities; I hope you join the conversation as we share resources that are both discovered and created.