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Joshua’s Path Success Story

July 3rd, 2017 - Brett Diaz


Joshua’s Path received a call from Mrs. Smith regarding her son Deon.  Deon is 25 years old and was diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth.  From the beginning, his parents never saw his disability as an excuse to treat him any differently from his siblings, and he grew up surrounded by loving family and friends. When he aged out of school, he went through job training with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and had several jobs, none of which really held his interest for very long.  Deon’s parents heard about Picasso Einstein and they, along with Deon, took their six-week training course. Picasso Einstein provides services specifically designed to assist individuals/families with disabilities become self-sustainable through self-employment. Once they successfully completed the course, the next step was their summer camp where Deon would turn his passion for music into an opportunity for self-employment as a disc jockey. After paying in full for the training course, Deon’s parents could not afford the full cost of the summer camp. His mother reached out to Joshua’s Path in the hope that we could assist Deon in realizing his dream of becoming a DJ.

Joshua’s Path met with our agency’s director of financial assistance, and after hearing Deon’s story, she immediately wanted to help. Goodman Jewish Family Services was able to pay the balance of Deon’s summer camp at Picasso Einstein. While there, he worked with Picasso Einstein staff and peer job creators to put a plan in place for his business venture.  Deon’s parents reached out to several disc jockeys throughout South Florida to see if they would be willing to sell their older equipment to Deon so he could get his business off the ground.  These music professionals were so impressed with Deon’s passion and determination they gave him all their older equipment free of charge.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Deon is now self-employed and living his dream by working as a disc jockey. To learn more about Deon, please see the link below…

https://youtu.be/-FJ9RdrnEB4?list=PL3ld5gD8a-xTFaKp424x6JL8x5V18_eQ6

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