Written from the Perspective of Juan Ramon, Angelica’s father.
“Our child, Angelica, has Down Syndrome. Like with all children, there are good days and bad days and ups and downs, but Angelica keeps our eyes open by reminding us that she is capable of achieving great things, as if to say, “Don’t limit me”.
Raising a child with a disability isn’t easy. It takes many phone calls with schools, meetings with teachers, and even now, as our child is an adult, it still takes extra supervision, sensitivity and patience.
At times we questioned ourselves; “Is this the right service for Angelica? Should we push Angelica harder? What could we be doing better?” While we’ve had a lot of questions along the way, we’ve been sure about one thing—that here was this child we loved, and we had to do whatever we could to get her on a path to success. We have learned that with the right supports, children with disabilities can succeed.
Goodwill Dallas does not see Angelica for her disability. Hired by Goodwill over eight years ago, Angelica has the opportunity to get up and go to work. She is actively learning and engaged, giving her a sense of accomplishment and pride. It’s more than earning a paycheck; it’s the ability to participate in daily living and the enrichment of fundamental values that Angelica is gaining every day at Goodwill Dallas.
We are grateful for the opportunity Goodwill gives Angelica. To carry this forward we give back by helping other children with disabilities to find their own paths, so that every child with a disability has a voice and the gift of opportunity.