The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) #DSWORKS® is an employment program whose goal is to educate the general public about how individuals with Down syndrome are employable individuals and should be included in all aspects of the workforce; encourage corporations and businesses to invest in hiring people with Down syndrome; and increase the number of opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome to work in meaningful and competitive employment settings.
Blake Pyron, is only 20 years old, and is the youngest business owner in his town of Sanger, Texas, and happens to have Down syndrome. His journey to become a business owner started shortly after he graduated high school. Blake loved his job working at a barbecue restaurant, but it closed one month after his senior year ended. Blake, with the support of his loving and dedicated family, started his own business – Blake’s Snow Shack.
With the goal of supporting NDSS’ #DSWORKS® Program and to help other self-advocates pursue their dreams of entrepreneurship, Blake and his family have established the NDSS #DSWORKS® Blake Pyron Entrepreneurship Scholarship. At the Buddy Walk® on Washington, NDSS will award a scholarship to self-advocate to pursue their dreams and aspirations to start their own business.
Applicants for the scholarship must:
- Have Down syndrome
- Be 18 years of age or older
To apply, please provide answers to the following questions:
- Tell us about why you want to start your own business
- Describe your entrepreneurship and the type of business you want to establish
- Detail why are you so passionate about this adventure
- Include your name, address, age, phone number and e-mail address in your application. Self-advocates may apply for themselves or have someone complete the application for them.
The deadline for applications is February 9, 2018.
2017 – GRACIE JAGLER
Gracie has two passions. The Beatles and her love for her 3 rescue schnauzers. She loves giving them treats and we thought it would be a great thing to start her own dog treat company. Gracie is proud to be the founder and owner of Gracie’s Doggie Delights.