November 16, 2019

Peter, like most adults with Down Syndrome, is a 21 year old with very firm ideas about his life and his future.  He wants to be independent, drive a car, and not have anyone be the boss of him. 

 Luckily, we have a local dairy near us that was looking for a part time calf feeder and Peter was perfect for the job.  He goes in twice a week for 2 hours in the morning (at 6am!) and 2 hours in the evening, filling 15-50 milk bottles, putting them out for the calves, and washing the bottles afterwards, all independently.  He has learned to drive a “mule” to take the bottles out to the calves and he has learned the responsibility of having a job.  He is generally the one to remind us, ”Mom, I have to work in the morning”, which always surprises us because his work days rotate week to week and are never the same.  For the past 2 years it has been a great job for him to supplement his work time on the ranch and to give him some spending money.

This has solved the independence problem (to a bit), but the driving is still one of his goals.  His horse would be a great asset if he could safely ride alongside the roads to town.  Are horses more carbon friendly than cars?  Maybe not, but at least he can ride a horse.

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