The O’Neill Tabani Enrichment Fund (formerly the Joshua O'Neill and Zeshan Tabani Enrichment Fund) was established in January 2005 by Joshua O’Neill and his family and their friend Zeshan Tabani. Joshua is an inspirational young man who happens to have Down syndrome. Joshua and Zeshan grew up in the same neighborhood in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Zeshan is close with the O’Neill family, and he and Joshua’s younger brother, Noah, are good friends.
Zeshan TaBANI And joshua o'neill
Joshua was fortunate to participate in a postsecondary education experience and he benefited greatly from this opportunity. Joshua now lives independently, with supports, in New Haven, Connecticut. He works part-time and leads a productive and happy life.
As more individuals with Down syndrome are being included in K-12 and graduating with their peers, the next step for many young adults with Down syndrome includes pursuing postsecondary education, which may include participation in a postsecondary program or simply taking enrichment courses. Financial aid is rarely available to these students, and while many young adults with Down syndrome want to continue to enrich their lives through further education after high school, they frequently do not have the financial means to do so.
NDSS is proud to have been chosen to facilitate and administer this grant that will benefit individuals with Down syndrome of all abilities to pursue postsecondary education and enrichment classes.
O’Neill Tabani Enrichment Fund Executive Committee