Frank is my middle child. He
is Downs Syndrome. He is now 41 years old. Some of your
younger parents might be encouraged by Frank's accomplishments.
Frank's role in the family as son, brother, and uncle
has been welcomed. He
has an older sister, a younger brother, three nieces
and one nephew.
Frank has always been very
outgoing, loveable and personable - not in-your-face
loveable; but loveable nonetheless. Frank was always
blessed with teachers who were dedicated. Frank has
"aged out" of his BOCES program
for 20 years now. However, he has not stopped learning
as we were told he would. About 5 or 6 years ago we
purchased a computer and Frank has learned to use the
internet and e-mail. Frank has been learning karate
for the past 20 years. He has achieved third-degree
black belt status (so far as his
karate master knows, he is the only Downs Syndrome in
the country to have achieved a black belt). He has participated
in numerous karate tournaments. Frank has learned to
play the electronic keyboard. He has been taking lessons
and has achieved a degree of proficiency. Frank derives
great pleasure from music. Frank has participated in
numerous Special Olympic events even going to the states
once or twice. He is also involved in many recreational
activities included weight lifting.
Frank works as a teacher's aide
in a special school. He has been working at this job
for twenty years and receives a paycheck commiserate
with his work,
life insurance and health benefits. Since his father
passed away in 2006,
Frank has been a pillar of strength for me. He lives
at home and is a great
help around the house.
I could not imagine life without
Frank. When my daughter got pregnant for
the first time the doctor wanted to perform amniocentesis.
said, "Why? If there was a problem, I would not
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