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World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day: A message from Jacqui

My name is Jacqui.

I’m 32 years old and I have Down syndrome. But there is more to my identity than that.

I’m a university student at Torrens University and I participate in an employment course called the Impact21 Pilot.  I love the entertainment industry, I’m a daughter, a big sister, a sister-in-law, a niece, and an auntie-to-be. I’m also a future employee. Sometimes I can be a social butterfly.

My big life goals are:

  • To get meaningful employment
  • To get engaged
  • To move out of home
  • To live with my future life partner and family
  • To take responsibility for myself

I have faced obstacles on the road to success. It’s very challenging, and I sometimes struggle. But I’m getting encouragement. I have the right to be treated with respect and to be given some attention, just like all of you.

We have one year to make a difference through Impact21. We will prove that people who have Down syndrome are valuable to employers. I will prove it to you! What role are YOU going to play in supporting and encouraging us?

Thank you for reading and I hope to meet you one day.

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