Young Man With Down Syndrome Ignores Naysayers, Opens Own Business

first_imgHis brother joined him in dreaming up the flavor choices, including coconut and cotton candy–and inventing new ones with names like Hulk and Shark Attack.WATCH: Girl With Half Her Brain Becomes Speech Pathologist as AdultWhen the people of Sanger heard about the idea, the community rallied behind the young man.Blake says he will be able to run his own business because his parents never listened to others who wanted to label or limit him. And Mary Ann says the opening is timed for Mother’s Day weekend, partly, to send a message to parents of special needs children about what their kids can accomplish.CHECK OUT: Mom Adopts Hospice Babies No One Else Wants“We were told Blake wouldn’t be able to do things, and we looked past that,” Mary Ann told ABC News. “You don’t know us. You don’t know our child, so don’t label him. We haven’t, and he turned out great.”(WATCH the video below and READ more at ABC News) — Photo: Blake’s Snow Shack, Facebook HELP Spread the Sweet Message, Share It…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA 20-year-old with Down syndrome becomes the youngest business owner in town this weekend during the grand opening of a venture that combines his two favorite passions – people and snow cones.Blake Pyron had a hard time finding a job in this small Texas town after the restaurant closed where he was employed, so his family suggested he start his own business.RELATED: When a Cheerleader with Down Syndrome was Bullied, 3 Players Walked Off the CourtHis mother, Mary Ann, said Blake missed his customers terribly so they pondered businesses that would let him interact with people. When they considered his passion for snow cones, “Blake’s Snow Shack” became the obvious answer.last_img read more

Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

first_imgOral argument in Gannon school funding case set for today. Public education leaders and elected officials across the state will this morning will have their attention trained on the Kansas Judicial Center in Topeka, where attorneys for the state and for the plaintiff school districts will give oral arguments before the Supreme Court. The court ruled last month that it would let the school funding plan approved by the legislature go into effect for the coming year even as it reviews whether it provides a constitutionally adequate level of funding for the state’s K-12 system. The Shawnee Mission School District and teachers union called off a planned compensation negotiating session last week citing a desire to see the oral arguments in the case before moving forward.Mission Hills resident sentenced to federal prison for lying to IRS. Mission Hills resident Verna Cheryl Womack will spend a year and a half in federal prison for lying to IRS officials about offshore accounts she used to hide millions of dollars. [Kansas businesswoman gets prison term in IRS case — Associated Press]Leawood native, SM East graduate clerking for Kansas AG. Leawood native and 2010 SM East graduate Jack Logan is spending the summer working in the Civil Litigation Division of Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt. Logan, a 2014 graduate of Miami University of Ohio, is currently pursuing his law degree from the University of Kansas. Logan is the son of Carol and Fred Logan, his father of the firm Logan Logan and Watson.last_img read more