An incredible young man with Down's syndrome has just proven all of the haters and bullies wrong by landing himself a job at UPS as he continues to break more and more barriers.
Simply amazing! Here's the full story...
Down's syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects many people around the world...
via: GettyAnd it is impossible to prevent a baby from being born with the disorder.
But what exactly causes the disorder?Down's syndrome occurs when an extra copy of a chromosome is present at the time of conception... Specifically, a full or partial copy of chromosome 21.
It's currently the most common chromosomal disorder.
via: ShutterstockAccording to the?Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year in the United States, around 6,000 babies are born with Down's syndrome - equating to around 1 in every 700 babies born.
Some people with Down's syndrome may experience additional medical issues as a result of the extra chromosome.
via: ShutterstockHeart, intestinal, ear, nose, throat, or thyroid issues can come hand in hand with someone who lives with the condition.
But many people with Down's syndrome can actually go on to live full, independent lives.The condition affects people differently and at varying scales. Of course, some people will need more regular care than others, but many with the conditions can go on to run their own houses and have jobs.
There are so many misconceptions about the condition...
via: GettyOne of the main ones being that someone living with Down's Syndrome is incapable of living an independent life with their own family - something which is completely false.?
People with the condition are also prone to be bullied and picked on in both school and adult life...Which is a terribly sad reality for these poor people.
But so many people with Down's syndrome prove the bullies wrong every single day...And one of those amazing people is twenty-one-year-old Jake Pratt.
Jake is twenty-one-years-old...
I did my part, did you? ???? #Vote2020 #GodBlessAmerica #DoYourPart https://t.co/IPo4JB6bvr— Jake Pratt (@Jake Pratt)1604447125.0
As a small child, Jake wasn't given much hope by the doctors who would regularly see him for his check-ups and assessments.
Happy 21st Birthday to my hero and inspiration, @thejakepratt! You are an amazing brother and I love you with all o… https://t.co/BUscmR8fIA— Amy Hyde (@Amy Hyde)1580231778.0
Poor Jake wasn't given much hope from the very beginning...
@thejakepratt in his awesome gear sent to him courtesy of @TheBallHawk P.S. I got a hoodie too and it's awesome! https://t.co/3skqnd0BgM— Amy Hyde (@Amy Hyde)1510627197.0
But thankfully, Jake's family refused to listen."My family has always embraced the philosophy that Jake is no different from you or I and that there are no limits on what he can accomplish," Amy shared of her "loving, confident, funny and hardworking" brother.
Jake went on to live a successful childhood and adolescence.
My brother, Jake, is 18 & a senior at Vestavia. He also happens to have Down Syndrome. Tonight 2 teams helped to ma… https://t.co/Nw6oNPDiJ3— Amy Hyde (@Amy Hyde)1503719186.0
Jake even graduated from Clemson University's LIFE program in the spring.
Repping Auburn today for my girl and going to eat breakfast. But Clemson Tigers are still my #1. #WarEagle #GoTigers https://t.co/UExFwQaVUB— Jake Pratt (@Jake Pratt)1593788136.0
Jake even has a lovely girlfriend...
Lake day with my honey! #JakeandGrace #CoupleGoals #DownSyndromeAwareness https://t.co/XXILynu31O— Jake Pratt (@Jake Pratt)1592667689.0
But now...Jake has just surpassed another milestone, and people are so happy for the successful young man!
Jake has just been hired by the united parcel service, UPS!
Thank you @UPS for giving my brother a chance & promoting inclusion in the workforce. Jake has Down Syndrome but th… https://t.co/Kj27VAghAJ— Amy Hyde (@Amy Hyde)1606862210.0
Amy then explained:
Congrats Jake!! You are a true inspiration and Blessing to many! We love you and UPS will be thankful they hired yo… https://t.co/ReiCsGUppN— Mark Freeman (@Mark Freeman)1606861807.0
Jake is amazing proof that people with Down's syndrome can achieve anything they want to.
Guess what I got today??? My driving permit! Hard work pays off ?? https://t.co/7sY9Ut8hNd— Jake Pratt (@Jake Pratt)1598638986.0
My brother, @thejakepratt, was scheduled to have his big graduation ceremony tomorrow for Clemson LIFE. That’s on h… https://t.co/IzQLrSNo6S— Amy Hyde (@Amy Hyde)1587763543.0