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Special Made
Me and Miranda at her High School Graduation.
Me and Miranda at her High School Graduation.
Special Made

My little sister Miranda was born with Down syndrome. When she was little we were best buddies. She was a real pleasure to be around, and there was never a dull moment with her. She recently turned 19 and started going to a center for adults with disabilities. The center claimed they provided jobs for their clients that helped them to earn money and be a productive part of their society, but there was nothing more untrue. The center worked them for 8 or more hours a day paying them only $2.50 per day. That barely enough to buy a soda and chips. When Christmas came and it was time for her pay check to arrive, I was floored at the amount. For 9 hours of work, she make $2.44. I decided this had to stop. Nobody was gonna treat my little sister like that! I had my mom bring her over to my house, and we started to discuss everything that we could do to help her start her own business. After many hours of thinking, Specially Made was born. We make gift baskets out of just about anything you can imagine. We are doing good, and her paychecks aren't $2.44 anymore.




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Nicole Jackson, United States, KY
10/21/2011 12:26:01 PM
I really enjoyed reading this story. I think it\'s great that Miranda has an older sister who looks out for her. I have an older sister and she looks out for me all the time. I \'m so glad that they started up their own business.

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