Starting your own business is a daunting move for anyone, even with years of work and business experience.
Starting your own business at just 19, without any of that background, is even more daunting. And starting a business at 19 when you also live with Down syndrome and all the challenges it presents seems very daunting indeed.
But for Gracie Jagler, it’s just another day.
The 19-year-old was born with Down syndrome, which affects both cognitive and physical growth. She’s currently in a school that helps young people with Down syndrome find appropriate employment.
Her father, John, didn’t like the limited options suggested for his daughter, so he encouraged her to make her own way.
Gracie has always loved animals, especially dogs: she grew up with three rescued schnauzers. When a local store owner offered Gracie a job packaging dog treats, her dad encouraged her to take it.
People with Down syndrome can sometimes face discrimination when it comes to finding employment, as others may not always understand the realities of their condition.
But society is making strides and coming to a better understanding of what people with Down really have to offer — which is actually a lot.
Shortly after Gracie started her new job, she and her dad came up with an even better plan: they would buy the dog treats wholesale, then package them at home and resell them. And thus, Gracie’s Doggie Delights was born.
[H/T: Wide Open Pets]