Find Out How Illiteracy Became a Huge Asset for This Young Woman with Down Syndrome

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Perhaps a parent’s greatest wish is to see their children grow up to lead happy, healthy lives filled with success. So understandably, Jo Lynam was worried about her daughter, Emma; a young woman with Down’s syndrome, hearing issues, and mild autism, she could not read or write. Would she be able to get a job and support herself?

It turned out that yes, she would. In fact, her inability to read turned into a strength. She loves to shred paper, so she runs her own business as a “Master Shredder,” lending her skills to various offices. Confidentiality is not a concern because she can’t read the documents fed through the machine. And the best part? She loves what she does!

Want the world to be filled with more stories like Emma’s? Why not sign a petition to help others find a job they love, too?

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A. Stout received a Bachelor of Arts in Writing through Grand Valley State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2015. In addition to being a passionate autism advocate, she is a member of various fandoms, a study abroad alumna, and an animal lover. She dreams of publishing novels and traveling all over the world someday.