The Voice of Ability Series

Simon - Young adult 'blessed to have a great life'

By Adina Simon
My name is Adina Simon and I am 28 years old.
I was born with Down Syndrome, which is a genetic disorder that results in varying degrees of mental retardation. I have difficulty at times speaking and need assistance with making important decisions. I read, write, and am a whiz at using a computer or smartphone.
I feel like my life is like most young adults. Even though I live with my parents, I have a job, participate in sports, hang out with family and friends, and have a boyfriend. I work Monday through Friday and roll lumpia for Lumpia Palooza food truck. I take great pride in my work, love my coworkers, and enjoy bringing home a paycheck.
I love watching and playing sports. I participate in Special Olympics year round. I play basketball, softball, and volleyball. I also run track and swim. My favorite sport is swimming. I have over 200 medals from Special Olympics. I even represented Kansas in track and field for the National Special Olympics meet in 2006. I am a Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Chiefs fan. I also enjoy watching Andale High School football.
I attend St. Joseph Church in Andale with my family. I have two sisters and a brother. I have numerous cousins, nieces and nephews that I love spending time with. My role in the family is to say the before meal prayer at family gatherings. I like to visit my grandpa Simon who is 97 years old and my grandma who lives on Grand Lake in Oklahoma.
Every June I attend Holy Family Camp and have a great time. I have made so many friends and look forward to seeing them each year. Everyone who attends and volunteers is so nice and you can be yourself without any judgment. We are all God’s children and he has a plan for all of us. I am blessed to have a great life.

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