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"You know the greatest disabilIty there is.. It is low expectations"

JOE STEFFY'S DAD HAD HIGHER EXPECTATIONS THAN HIS SCHOOL FOR HIS SON WHO HAS DOWN SYNDROME, AUTISM AND IS NON VERBAL. THE SCHOOL BASICALLY SAID JOE couldn't HOLD DOWN A JOB BECAUSE HE HAD NO ATTENTION SPAN.

"The plan in the beginning wasn't to start a business for him the plan was to prove to the school that joe had the capability of working," Ray Steffy said.

Joe's DONE MORE THAN WORK IN THE KETTLE CORN BUSINESS HE'S BECOME THE OWNER AND BOSS.

"With children with special needs if they could just reach here, and joes way up here with what he's accomplished."

WORKING AT FESTIVALS, MAKING IT FOR STORES AND ENJOYING LIFE WITH AN INCOME.

"My life is not all work and no play.."

HE SKIS SURFS AND RIDES HORSES.. AND

"He has his own place yes thats a mile stone for us just his own self esteem.."

AND A SENSE OF RELIEF AND LESS WORRY FOR HIS PARENTS ABOUT HIS FUTURE..

"You have a choice you can sit on a couch and worry about what's going to happen to my child when i'm gone and we all have to agree worry takes energy or you can take that same amount of energy and put it toward an endeavor that can go on far beyond you

and thats basically all we've done."

YOUTH ASKED ALL KINDS OF QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BUSINESS AND THE HOPE IS THAT BY SHARING JOE'S STORY, OTHERS WITH DISABILITIES WILL BE INSPIRED.

"That they can do something with their life, that hey don't have to be put in a box, that they can go on to college they can start their own business they can enter the work world and um succeed."

"I believe if they see that joe can do it they believe i can do it too."


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