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My Autobiography
My Autobiography

I was born on August 14, 1984. I was born with Down syndrome, which is a congenital condition that delays physical and intellectual development due to abnormal chromosomes. I graduated Bethany High School in 2004. I love to read and write. I live at a group home called Meadow Brook Acres. I have lots of friends. I work at a Sheltered Workshop at Dale Rogers in Oklahoma City. I work with different companies with different contracts, and I also go to Alison's Gourmet Kitchen to work. I have lots of fun. I have lots of friends there too. I get a pay check every two weeks. Every time I do better, I get a higher amount of money. I keep doing better and better at it and I always work my hardest. My favorite things to do in the workshop are bar sealing and Sonic lights. I also like going on the enclave to Alison's Gourmet Kitchen. I do factory work there. I have had the same boyfriend, Cameron, since I was sixteen. He is nice, sweet, adorable, caring, energetic, handsome, strong, confident and romantic. His skin color is black. I met Cameron's Grandmother and Aunt many times. I always go to teen night. Cameron and I go to Remington Park casino on his birthday and my birthday. Cameron and I are so lucky to have each other, and I really love him. I live in a group home called Meadow Brook Acres, and there are ten women in my house. Next door, there are ten men in another house. My boyfriend does not live in this group home since he lives with his grandparents. I go to basketball practice every Friday to practice for the Special Olympics. My team is called The Moore Thunders. I enjoy basketball, but I also go bowling every Tuesday, and I also like to swim. The most important people of my world are my mother, my father and G-d. I have two older brothers, Howard and Andrew. My brothers sometime could be annoying, but I still love them because they are part of my family. My father is an Anesthesiologist who puts people to sleep. My mother is a Special Education teacher. My parents got divorced in 1999, and I moved to Oklahoma City from Syracuse, NY in 2000. I love living in Oklahoma City. I enjoy going to movies, listening to music and watching my Disney programs on television.

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becci kucharski, United States, CO
1/5/2016 6:15:10 PM
I am a para-professional in an autism classroom (k-2nd grade). last year while working with the Denver Public School system for summer school, I encountered my 1st person with Downs Syndrome and was totally impressed by what I saw. She was soo very special and left a huge mark upon my soul. This next summer school session l plan to try to get a position working within the Downs syndrome community in order to better understand and appreciate it. Good luck in life not only to Downs syndrome people but any person with special needs. I was for over 30r years legally deaf and have a very small understanding of what it feels like to want to be understood and accepted.

lyndaschaffel, United States, OK
3/12/2014 2:41:34 PM
I am so proud of Lisa for writing her autobiography and for being her own advocate. She also loves her job and she enjoys her hobbies.

Lisa Newman Levine, United States, NY
5/2/2013 11:00:31 AM
This is such a beautiful story and it warms my heart to read it. I was a student at Syracuse University from 1990-1994. While there as a child and family studies major, a class requirement was to work with a family with a special needs child. I was lucky enough to be placed with the Schaffel family. I got to know Lisa and her incredible family and grew close to them. Lisa is such a happy and wonderful person. It thrills me so to see her thriving and living her life in such an enjoyable and honorable way. The smile on her face which I will never forget brought such happiness to those around her and im smiling now just looking at this picture of here all grown up. She is a beautiful woman! I love this story and she gets my vote! I would love to hear from Lisa and her family, please contact me at [email protected] Sendng love and hugs to Lisa and her family.

Ana Beatriz Araujo , United States, MA
1/8/2013 5:21:01 PM
Your story was wonderful ! I Loved it i have a boyfriend that sounds just like your except min is only tan ! you are really lucky sounds like you have an amazing and exciting life ! :* :)

Sue Freiberger, United States, OK
3/5/2011 8:00:58 PM
Lisa is really smart and deserves to win.

Sandra Schwartz, United States, NY
1/30/2011 9:29:42 PM
Lisa"s is a amazing young lady, I know her Mom ....she is a wonderful Mom to Lisa....I hope Lisa wins this essay....Sandra

Susan Menchel, United States, WA
1/27/2011 10:26:59 PM
Lisa a wonderful person with a really big heart. I have known her and her family for almost 20 years. She is a lucky person to lead such an active lifestyle. I am happy she has a handsome boyfriend. Her story is very well written and I really enjoyed reading it

Randy S. Greeson, United States, FL
1/27/2011 8:30:40 PM
"I would describe Lisa as wonderful, caring, happy and smart woman. She has achieved a lot in her 26 years and should be very proud of herself. Her mother has been by her side 100% her whole life. Lisa has a lot to be thankful for. "

Jerod Garland, United States, IA
07/09/2012 21:07:04
Hi Lisa! It's so great to read about everything you have accomplished. Our daughter Cayla is 3 and was also born with Down Syndrome. I hope she can write as good as you can some day! And good luck with basketball--I am a basketball coach myself! May you continue to be blessed in your life!

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