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I Want To Be Like Poppin' Joe

Yo quiero ser como Joe Palomitas

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Our reason for sharing this story….

Joe is an adult with Down Syndrome and autism. He is leading a self-determined life. His parents advocated for him to participate in meaningful inclusive experiences throughout his childhood. He liked to be busy so he helped with housework, took swimming lessons, and participated in all their family activities. They believed that he could grow up and have the same quality of life as his older siblings. Today Joe is a full participant in his community as a businessman.

Dylan has Down Syndrome and his family strongly believes in including him in their family life. He loves to be with his brother playing with their dog or outside.  He loves to help his dad in the yard.  He loves to cook with mom.

We chose to write this story because both families demonstrate how to follow a child’s interests and build on his strengths. This, in turn, promotes the skills needed for self- determination.  

We are happy to share their stories.


Dylan has an awesome friend.  His friend, Poppin’ Joe pops and sells popcorn. Poppin’ Joe has a very fun job. It’s noisy fun! Dylan learns from Poppin’ Joe how to do a  job you love.

Dylan tiene un amigo estupendo. Su amigo Joe Palomitas hace y vende palomitas de maíz. Joe Palomitas tiene un trabajo muy divertido. ¡Es una diversión ruidosa! Dylan aprende de Joe Palomitas cómo hacer un trabajo que le encante.