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Daniel, 31, was born with Down Syndrome. He lives with his mum Sylvia who is his full-time carer. Since Daniel began participating in programs at Carers ACT Daniel has come leaps and bounds and his mum is thrilled with the results.

young Down Syndrome man cooking a stir-fry on a stoveDaniel started coming to Carers ACT in 2015, joining the hospitality training program and the I Love Cooking program. The staff worked closely with Daniel to develop his cooking, cleaning, coffee making and customer service skills to assist Daniel’s employability. He graduated from the Food for Thought program in December last year. He and his mother were both so proud.

After graduating, Daniel was sadly diagnosed with cancer, but once he was in remission one of the first things he wanted to do was join the Carers ACT family again. Since returning to the program the staff have been working closely to further Daniel’s independent living skills. Daniel is now cooking meals from start to finish at home for himself and his mother.

We were delighted to hear that Daniel recently began working at Coffee Guru.  “Daniel is doing so well at Coffee Guru,” Sylvia said.  “All because of the work you have done with him over the years. The regular customers and staff all love seeing Daniel at work.”

Daniel also volunteers at the Salvation Army one day a week, with his mother telling us that the other volunteers at the Salvation Army have been impressed by Daniel’s skills and initiative. On his first day he asked the staff “Where is the vacuum cleaner? I’ll vacuum the floor for you.”

As our Disability Program Supervisor said: “Daniel has worked so hard over the years. It’s so heart-warming to see it all paying off for him and see how it’s helping Sylvia in her caring role.

It’s been an absolute honour to support such a talented individual to achieve his goals and dreams. Daniel’s happy, bubbly character is very infectious to everybody who crosses his path.