Within the past year, I feel like I have understood for the first time that a) future planning for someone with a disability is more complex than I ever realized and b) as a sibling, I am uniquely equipped to play a huge role in the process.
In the video, “Down syndrome entrepreneur sews successful six figure sock empire” (available at https://youtu.be/Vb1ELIa8dII) we get to see the “success” story of an individual with disabilities making it within the employment industry. Not only has John successfully started a business, but he has created an entire company that offers employment opportunities for other individuals with disabilities. Though this is a happy story, it begs the question of how often the employment industry is open to working with individuals with disabilities? In addition, how often do those individuals get to work within the entrepreneur status?