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Living with UP syndrome

This speech was wrote by Jacob West. Thank you for sharing with us and for doing an awesome job on your speech at our World Down Syndrome Day Party!

My name is Jacob and I am 23 years old, I’m about to 24 in May. People treat me differently because I have Down syndrome but that is okay because being born with Down syndrome makes me my own person. I have made life long best friends who also have Down syndrome. Being different makes me a better person and I can see the world differently than others. Someday I hope to get a college degree, get married, and have three kids. I love kids! Some of my favorite things to do are binge watch Netflix, going to GiGi’s for T.E.A.M and Friday Friends to learn to become independent and hanging out with my friends. One thing I want people to know about Down syndrome is that it is special and precious. You can achieve any goal that you set for yourself!



  1. hrodriguez on March 27, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Jacob, you sound like a great man! Thank you for writing this, I really liked learning about you!

  2. Linda on March 28, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Jake is the sweetest personable young man with quite a bright future. He let’s nothing stop him.
    Love him to the moon and back. Congratulations for writing such an articulate speech.

  3. Deb Fenton on March 29, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Jacob I am so proud to know you. You truly are a very special person.

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