An incredible young man with Down's syndrome has just proven all of the haters and bullies wrong by landing himself a job at UPS as he continues to break more and more barriers last year. Now, he continues to pave the way by making his job permanent.
Simply amazing! Here's the full story...
Down's syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects many people around the world...
via: GettyAnd it is impossible to prevent a baby from being born with the disorder.
But what exactly causes the disorder?
It's currently the most common chromosomal disorder.
via: ShutterstockAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year in the United States, around 6,000 babies are born with Down's syndrome - equating to around 1 in every 700 babies born.
Some people with Down's syndrome may experience additional medical issues as a result of the extra chromosome.
via: ShutterstockHeart, intestinal, ear, nose, throat, or thyroid issues can come hand in hand with someone who lives with the condition.
But many people with Down's syndrome can actually go on to live full, independent lives.
There are so many misconceptions about the condition...
via: GettyOne of the main ones being that someone living with Down's Syndrome is incapable of living an independent life with their own family - something which is completely false.
People with the condition are also prone to be bullied and picked on in both school and adult life...
via: GettyWhich is a terribly sad reality for these poor people.
But so many people with Down's syndrome prove the bullies wrong every single day...
And one of those amazing people is twenty-two-year-old Jake Pratt.
Jake is twenty-two-years-old...
I did my part, did you? 🇺🇸 #Vote2020 #GodBlessAmerica #DoYourPart https://t.co/IPo4JB6bvr— Jake Pratt (@Jake Pratt)1604447125.0
As a small child, Jake wasn't given much hope by the doctors who would regularly see him for his check-ups and assessments.
Happy 21st Birthday to my hero and inspiration, @thejakepratt! You are an amazing brother and I love you with all o… https://t.co/BUscmR8fIA— Amy Hyde (@Amy Hyde)1580231778.0
Poor Jake wasn't given much hope from the very beginning...
@thejakepratt in his awesome gear sent to him courtesy of @TheBallHawk P.S. I got a hoodie too and it's awesome! https://t.co/3skqnd0BgM— Amy Hyde (@Amy Hyde)1510627197.0
But thankfully, Jake's family refused to listen.
"My family has always embraced the philosophy that Jake is no different from you or I and that there are no limits on what he can accomplish," Amy shared of her "loving, confident, funny and hardworking" brother.
Jake went on to live a successful childhood and adolescence.
My brother, Jake, is 18 & a senior at Vestavia. He also happens to have Down Syndrome. Tonight 2 teams helped to ma… https://t.co/Nw6oNPDiJ3— Amy Hyde (@Amy Hyde)1503719186.0
Jake even graduated from Clemson University's LIFE program in the spring.
Repping Auburn today for my girl and going to eat breakfast. But Clemson Tigers are still my #1. #WarEagle #GoTigers https://t.co/UExFwQaVUB— Jake Pratt (@Jake Pratt)1593788136.0
Jake even has a lovely girlfriend...
Lake day with my honey! #JakeandGrace #CoupleGoals #DownSyndromeAwareness https://t.co/XXILynu31O— Jake Pratt (@Jake Pratt)1592667689.0
In 2020, Jake paved the way for people with Down Syndrome everywhere...
Jake has just surpassed another milestone, and people are so happy for the successful young man!
Jake was hired by the united parcel service, UPS!
Thank you @UPS for giving my brother a chance & promoting inclusion in the workforce. Jake has Down Syndrome but th… https://t.co/Kj27VAghAJ— Amy Hyde (@Amy Hyde)1606862210.0
Amy first tweeted about Jake's new job, explaining that he works every morning at a golf course from 6-10 am, before running packages at UPS for up to 8 hours per day.
"Thank you @UPS for giving my brother a chance & promoting inclusion in the workforce. Jake has Down Syndrome but that doesn't stop him! He loves his new job running packages up to 8 hours per day. That's after working 6-10 am every morning at the golf course. I'm so proud of him!"
Amy then explained:
Congrats Jake!! You are a true inspiration and Blessing to many! We love you and UPS will be thankful they hired yo… https://t.co/ReiCsGUppN— Mark Freeman (@Mark Freeman)1606861807.0
Jake is amazing proof that people with Down's syndrome can achieve anything they want to.
Guess what I got today??? My driving permit! Hard work pays off 🚘 https://t.co/7sY9Ut8hNd— Jake Pratt (@Jake Pratt)1598638986.0
A UPS spokesperson confirmed that Pratt, 22, has now been asked to join the team permanently as a part-time employee.
The spokesperson also affirmed that in addition to his new role, Pratt inspired UPS enough to make a $25,000 donation to the nonprofit organisation Down syndrome of Alabama. The donation will go towards establishing the Jake Pratt Fund for scholarships for those individuals with Down Syndrome who want to pursue further education.
Amy Hyde, Pratt's sister said: "Post-secondary education was once not even a consideration for those with intellectual disabilities. But now, specialized college and vocational programs are sprouting up all over the country."
"The expense of these programs can be a huge burden to families who often didn't imagine educational opportunities beyond high school," she continues. "Knowing that part of Jake's legacy will include helping those individuals and families bring us more joy than I can explain."
Pratt's greatness has certainly been evident to UPS's team. In the months since that day, Pratt has continued to impress his colleagues with his work ethic and "enigmatic personality," the UPS spokesperson says.
In a video released by UPS, driver Richard Wilson, who Pratt worked alongside, said Pratt "changed his life".
So what milestone does Jake want to hit next?
"His next goals are to get his driver's license (right now he has his permit), get his own house and eventually get married to his girlfriend Grace," Hyde says. "Grace is currently a student with the Auburn University EAGLES program. He is saving money for her ring and their future."
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