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!