One of the big goals for iDareU is to have all carers and people with disabilities empowered and standing in their own light. Yes Yes, I know...that's a big ask, I hear you say - but hey, we have to start small and dream big, I say.
So I am inviting anyone at all who has become empowered by being a carer or person with a disability and made a change to society or even just their own life, to share their story here. I am going to post a few I have been excited by, and then it is up to my readers to enlighten me with their inspirations. Here's are the first ones.
Downs Designs Dreams is a newly formed 501(c)3 Corporation.
Downs Designs® and NBZ® Jeans are now brand names.
If you are wondering about our new name, it’s about MY dream. It’s the vision I have had since I started Downs Designs®. I want to share it with you.
Since I began this journey almost five years ago, I’ve had a vision. I see a huge warehouse, with guys on tow motors, unloading trucks every day. I see the shipping and receiving department busy packaging orders for shipment and putting away the latest truckload. I hear the hum of sewing machines down the hall in the alteration room where our amazing seamstresses are busy hemming and ironing the latest orders that just came back from the try-on service.
I see Jillian and her team of designers working on next season’s sportswear line.
The phones in customer service are ringing off the hook and we just hired a new employee; her name is Janie and she has Down syndrome.
Last week we brought in a new customer service rep (a proud veteran). He lost a leg in Iraq, but he’s doing a great job communicating with our customers. The accounting department is busy keeping up with all the paperwork and the break room is empty with just a few dirty cups sitting on the table.
The Board Room is being prepared for tonight’s meeting and my calendar is full of speaking engagements bringing awareness around the community.
Children with disabilities in schools everywhere are sitting quietly in their seats when the bell rings. They’re off to the bathroom where they proudly can pull their own pants down and no longer need help from their aid.
Mary, who has Down syndrome, just got a compliment on her new dress from Downs Designs Dreams. Bobby is eight years old and is autistic. His mom just bought him some new NBZ® Jeans and he loves how they feel. He thinks he’s cool today and needed no help getting dressed before school.
Jimmy also has Down syndrome and just got a new job at McDonald’s. He’s so excited about his new position, but when they told him he had to wear black pants every day, he wasn’t worried. He just bought a new pair last month from Downs Designs Dreams and knew he would look his best on his first day on the job.
No more will kids or adults with disabilities feel out of place, uncomfortable or feel like they don’t fit in. Downs Designs Dreams is providing quality, stylish clothing to enrich the lives of people with disabilities and help them live a more satisfying and happier life.
“In loving memory of my grandson, Brendan Koehler, who was born with Down syndrome.”
And then there is this amazing young man Oliver Hellowell is a beautiful photographer who has just published a book with some of his nature images.
So those are two of my stories, now over to you, please leave them in comments field on this blog, and ill repost them.
iDareU - Inspiring people with Disabilities through Awareness, Resources, Empowerment and Unity
Till next time.