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Peter, The Entrepreneur
Peter, The Entrepreneur

My brother, Peter, is 48 years old, and until November, 2010, lived for six years with my husband and me. Sadly, my husband died on November 9, 2010. My husband, Pete, and I had created plans for Pete to move into his own apartment (with nine hours per week support from Life Skills staff) on November 20. I asked my brother if he wanted to change the moving date, however, Pete declared he wanted to live in his own apartment on the agreed upon date; and, in fact, moving day went very well. Peter owns his own business, named Peter's Card Shop, L.L.C. The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) in New York saw Peter's art and decided to commission a new art piece for their golf fund-raising event taking place in New York in April, 2011. Thank goodness for the internet! When Peter completed his artwork, his art therapist, Bill, emailed the jpeg photo of Peter's design for NDSS approval. Thankfully, the individual from the National Down Syndrome Society loved Peter's art. Pete and I shipped the canvas to New York, and Peter was paid for his work. Attached is a photo of Peter's art, commissioned by the National Down Syndrome Society. Peter has developed a style of art that is appreciated by many viewers. Here is the link to a television interview which occurred in December, 2008: www.ksdk.com/video/default.aspx?aid=90228&storyid=163159 Peter's story was one of three featured in the 2010 Saint Louis United Way campaign. Below is a link created by the Saint Louis United Way, showing some of his art: www.stl.unitedway.org/peterscardshop.aspx Finally, Peter, with the organizational assistance from his art therapist, created a lecture in his own words regarding his business plan, including some photos of his art in a lecture/powerpoint presentation. Peter was the featured speaker at a Saint Louis Recreational Council conference in March, 2010, at a United Way kick-off event at Bethesda Group in Saint Louis in September, 2010, and will be presenting at Maryville University as a self-advocate in February, 2011. Yeah for Pete!




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Carol Ponciroli, United States, MO
2/2/2011 4:09:32 PM
Peter is a great guy , his cards are wonderful. The support and encouragement given to Peter by Pat and also Stan has provided Peter with confidence to live in his own apt. We all are so proud of Peter!

Ann Marie Schreiber, United States, MO
1/31/2011 1:45:02 PM
Peter you are an inspiration to all of us.

Bob Reim, United States, MO
1/31/2011 1:23:13 PM
What a great story! We are all so proud of Peter and everything you and Stan have done for him. Bob

Barbara OBrien, United States, MO
1/31/2011 11:36:03 AM
Yeah Peter Pat and Stan !!

Linda Marr, United States, FL
1/31/2011 10:52:13 AM
This is wonderful, Pat! Peter has come so far with you and Stan helping him along the way. Peter has built rewarding a life for himself. Having you as his teacheradvocatesister made his hard work easier. God bless you and Pete! Love, Linda

Karen Kennedy, United States, MO
1/30/2011 5:25:34 PM
I think this is a wonderful story. We are proud of Peter too! The artwork is fabulous.

David Sacks, United States, MO
1/30/2011 10:56:42 AM
Good job Peter ! and Pat and Stan !!!

Les Amelung, United States, MO
1/30/2011 10:26:39 AM
Pat has this fantastic relationship with her brother that should be celebrated! Peter is a very caring and loving individual and needs all the blessings he can receive from God and others. He deserves any consideration possible from this wonderful story

Lisa Ciapciak, United States, VT
1/30/2011 6:50:22 AM
I am so impressed with all your accomplishments Peter! Keep the spirit and your art in your sole!

Sue, United States, FL
12/9/2011 7:21:14 PM
My friend Pat is a wonderful person and takes care of people in her life with great love. Peter is so blessed to have Pat for a sister. Pat always says she and Stan where the lucky ones to have Peter in there life. Its wonderful how for Peter has come.

Mary Wasserman, United States, CA
12/9/2011 6:47:39 PM
Peter is an inspiration to many. So proud of his recent transition to independent living. Wishing you continued new adventures, Peter, and success with your card shop.

Brandie Martine, United States, MO
12/9/2011 3:46:49 PM
I LOVE Pete! His cards are wonderful!

mary bearman, United States, MO
12/9/2011 3:29:20 PM
TERRIFIC!!

Kaye Sturgeon, United States, MO
12/9/2011 2:20:18 PM
I am also so proud of Peter, and keep on drawing!!

Pat Ciapciak, United States, MO
12/9/2011 1:25:48 PM
Can you tell? I am PROUD of my brother. I am also inspired by his ABILITIES.

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