Welcome to Illinois


Posted in Attitudes to disability, Uncategorized by Matt at WelcometoIllinois on October 24, 2009

Robert Pio Hajjar is a motivational speaker and founder of IDEAL-WAY.ca, an Ontario-based organisation focused on educating people about intellectual disability; providing food, clothing and household goods to low income individuals with disabilities; and providing art and literacy programs for for people with intellectual disabilities.

Oh yes, and he has Down’s syndrome. As he says: “When I was born 29 years ago, the doctors told my parents to put me away and forget about me. They said I would not be able to walk, or talk or do what other kids do. They painted a very sad picture of what my life would be like…. Don’t you think the doctors would be surprised to see me now?”

Here’s a video of him opening the Best Buddies Regional Conference 2009 in Hamilton, Ontario.


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  1. c4BzDymmOlHSV said, on October 13, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    946196 28147I dont normally take a look at these kinds of websites (Im a pretty shy person) – but even though I was a bit shocked as I was reading, I was certainly a bit excited as nicely. Thanks for giving me a big smile for the day 858831

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