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21-year-old man with Down syndrome lands dream job at UPS

21-year-old man with Down syndrome lands dream job at UPS

“This opportunity to work for UPS means everything to Jake because it is his dream to be able to live independently.”

21-year-old man with Down syndrome lands dream job at UPS.
21-year-old man with Down syndrome lands dream job at UPS. Courtesy of Amy Hyde.

A 21-year-old man with Down syndrome has inspired thousands around the world with his latest accomplishment – landing a coveted role with global delivery service, UPS.

Jake Pratt has proved naysayers wrong his whole life and this latest accomplishment is no surprise to the man’s family.

His sister, Amy Hyde, tweeted the proud moment of her brother standing confident in his new UPS uniform, writing:

“Thank you @UPS for giving my brother a chance & promoting inclusion in the workforce. Jake has Down Syndrome but that doesn’t stop him! He loves his new job running packages up to 8 hours per day. That’s after working 6-10 am every morning at the golf course. I’m so proud of him!”

Overcoming The Odds

As a child, Jake’s doctor told his family that he “would never be a functional member of society,” Hyde recalls to PEOPLE.

“This opportunity to work for UPS means everything to Jake because it is his dream to be able to live independently. He has achieved so much, but none of it would be possible without people embracing him and giving him a chance.”

21-year-old man with Down syndrome lands dream job at UPS.
21-year-old man with Down syndrome lands dream job at UPS. Courtesy of Amy Hyde.

“Jake is so worthy and capable, so it’s just awesome for others to be able to see that,” she continues. “He has done a lot to break barriers and raise awareness that people with Down syndrome can accomplish anything they set their mind to.”

Jake has spent most of his life proving people wrong and overcoming the stigma of what he is truly capable of. He has proven time and time again, that he can accomplish anything he sets his mind to.

“He wanted to be on the high school football team when some people thought that was impossible, but he did it,” she says. “He wanted to score a touchdown in a game, and he did. He wanted to go to college, and he did. He wanted to get his driver’s permit, and he scored a perfect 100 on the exam.”

Jake in his new UPS uniform standing in front of delivery truck.
Jake in his new UPS uniform standing in front of delivery truck. Courtesy of Amy Hyde.

“He makes all of our lives better and has taught me more than anyone else I know,” she added. Congrats on the new role, Jake. There is no doubt that you’re destined for continued greatness.

Don’t ever let anyone restrict you by telling you it can’t be done. Anything is possible with hard work, dedication and a little majic. Congrats on the new role, Jake. There is no doubt that you’re destined for continued greatness.


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