David

Hi I’m David Heller Jr. and I’m 24 years of age and live in Bucks County Pennsylvania. There are so many things that I want to tell you about who I am but most of all I want you to know that even though I have Down syndrome its really only a small part of me, it doesn’t define me or limit me, it enhances me. I am a high school graduate. I graduated from Central Bucks West High school where I was one of the first ever students to be included in general education classes from kindergarten straight through until graduation. I graduated at 18 just like all of my friends who I started kindergarten with. I am an Eagle Scout, in 2014 I earned the rank of Eagle after I worked with the United Way of Bucks County to create disaster relief kits for resident along the flood prone areas of the Neshaminy creek. I am a college graduate, in 2018 I graduated from the College of New Jersey Career and Community Studies Program where I lived in an off campus house with 4 other students who are some of my best friends today. I took college level classes in a variety of things that I was interested in and wanted to learn more about, I did job training on campus in a variety of different departments and in my senior year I had an internship 20 hours a week with Verizon. I am an employee, currently I have two jobs and work 30 hours a week. I work for Regal Cinema at the concession stand taking orders, getting the orders and working the cash register. I love my job a Regal and have worked there for a year now. One of the best perks is that I get to bring a friend and see free movies! I also have a job at Wawa. At Wawa I have been a coffee barista brewing up 10 or more type of coffee for over 5 years now. Wawa is an awesome place to work and I have a lot of customers that come by every weekend just to say hi to me. The Wawa perks are pretty awesome too, I get discounts on any food I want and I love food! I am just like you. I love life, I have great friends and an amazingly supportive family. Don’t set limits on someone because they look different, learn different or need a little extra time to get something done. Support and encourage them to reach for the stars.

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