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Success Stories in the IDD Community: Sarah Gordy

“I’m a professional actor, dancer and model. I have Down’s Syndrome but that is not all I am.” -Sarah Gordy

Sarah Gordy

Who is Sarah

Sarah Gordy is a British actress, model, and dancer. She was born in London in 1976 with Down’s Syndrome. She is currently 44. Her mother is British and her father is American therefore Gordy has lived in both the UK and the United States during her life. When she is not working, she likes browsing Twitter, exercising, or helping to run Oyster Drama Group, a group that has dancing and shows. 

Acting 

She began her acting career in school productions and says she always got big parts because her teachers felt she helped to give others confidence on stage. Her first professional acting adventures started with Kaleidoscope Theatre. She went to support a friend and ended up joining the company. She went on to secure gigs with Granada TV, Peak Practice, and Carousel Theatre.  

For training, her mother was her mentor. Her practice was mostly at her kitchen table with her mother and sister, Catherine. She practiced showing different emotions and memorized different stories as well as improv. 

In her career, she has had roles on multiple different shows and movies including Upstairs Downstairs, Call the Midwife, Holby City, The A Word, Strike: The Silkworm, Doctors, and more. She also has appeared on radio dramas, commercials, short films, and theatre productions. 

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Advocacy 

Gordy is passionate about spreading awareness for Down’s Syndrome and inspiring others. She has given multiple TedX Talks and visited many schools to speak with both youths and adults. Gordy is also an ambassador for Mencap, a charity for learning disabilities. She volunteers for her local British Heart Foundation when she can fit it in her schedule. Along with her volunteer work, she is a patron for Circus Starr. Circus star is an organization that works to bring fun events to children with disabilities that would not be comfortable attending a large event.  

Sarah Gordy has accomplished so much in her professional career and is an inspiration to others to achieve their dreams. She has worked hard to get where she is and she continues to act, model, dance, and spread advocacy for those with disabilities. 

Soul Dogs Inc helps people in the IDD community get ready for employment with supported employment services and day habilitation programs. Check out our day habilitation programs and employment services here! 

Check out lasts week success story here.

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Activities That Can Be Done from HomeUncategorized

COVID-19 Safe Activities To Do At Home – Arts and Crafts

Arts and Crafts

Staying home has been an adjustment for all of us.

Here are a few ideas to make staying in just as fun going out.

Arts and Crafts are a great way to pass the time this winter. Below is a compiled list of arts and craft projects that are fun and usable! These crafts are suitable for any age group and only require a few supplies. If you are interested in more projects, head to our website, and sign up for the Soul Dogs, Inc. Day Habilitation Program. For more COVID safe activities check out last week’s post, here.

Make Your Own Slime

Making slime is so fun! There are so many different ways to craft slime and so much you can add to make it more personal to you. You can include glitter, essential oils, beads, and food coloring. This is one of the crafts we did in our Soul Dogs, Inc. Day Habilitation Program this week, be sure to join us for more fun projects like this one.

Hand-Weave Your Own Blanket

As temperatures begin to drop in Colorado, making your own blanket using just your hands and yarn is the best way to warm up your spirits even on the chilliest of days. Check out the full instructions from Instructables Craft.

Create A Waterless Snow Globe

As we enter the holiday season, a snow globe can be a great way to decorate your space or a cute gift to send to a friend. This project is great because you can incorporate colors to match your home or add fun pieces that mean something special to you! Check out this DIY from Tidy Mom.

Make A Homemade Bath Bomb

Nothing is more relaxing than a hot bath after a long day. If you want to make it extra special, try adding a bath bomb. The fun colors and amazing smell are sure to add even more fun to your bath, and the best part is you can make your own! This project is great because you can do it over and over again! Check out this DIY project from Crafts By Amanda.

Marble A Mug

Do you have mugs that you don’t use anymore? Mugs that live hidden away in the back of your cabinet? Well, then this DIY is perfect for you. In this project from DIY Candy, you can repurpose your plain mugs to have a beautiful marble design. Since marble is very trendy right now, buying a marbled mug can be expensive but reusing your plain white mugs saves you money and shows off your creative side!

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Success Stories in the IDD CommunityUncategorized

RJ Mitte – A Success Story in the IDD Community

This week, we are featuring RJ Mitte in our success stories of people in the IDD community series. 

About RJ

RJ Mitte was born in 1992 in Louisiana with cerebral palsy. He moved to California in 2006 because his sister was pursuing her own dream in acting. RJ began his acting career initially just to make friends, but ended up auditioning for roles and eventually landed a small character in Hannah Montana. Mitte continued in his acting career and later secured a role in the popular show Breaking Bad. Mitte soon found success in the fashion industry, modeling for GAP in campaigns all around the world. He has also participated in walking the runway in Men’s Fashion Weeks in cities globally. He found more fame when he became a guest star on Freeform’s Switched at Birth. 

BREAKING BAD Star RJ Mitte Will Show Up In ABC Family's Switched at Birth |  Rama's Screen

Cerebral Palsy 

Mitte was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three years old. When Mitte started dabbling in acting, he decided he would never let his disability hold him back. He has starred and guest starred in countless shows including Everybody Hates Chris, Switched at Birth, Weeds, and more. His characters in multiple shows also have disabilities. In Switched at birth, his character had a head injury and was in a wheelchair. In Breaking Bad, his character had his same disability, cerebral palsy. 

Advocacy 

RJ Mitte has been an advocate for people with disabilities for years. He has inspired many people by not allowing his cerebral palsy to dictate his life choices in tv, fashion, and film. He has had successful careers in all of those categories. Mitte has experienced bullying himself as a child which has inspired him to become an advocate for people with disabilities. RJ Witte is an official Ambassador for United Cerebral Palsy and Shriners Hospitals for Children. He has also been the celebrity face of campaigns launched in support of children with disabilities titled Cut the Bull Campaign. 

RJ Mitte is living out his dreams and not allowing his disability to hold him back in any way. He has been successful in television, film, and fashion. Check out his Instagram here. 

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Independent Living SkillsUncategorized

Independent Life Skills: Being On Time

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In order to be an independent adult, it is important to acquire certain life skills. This week we are going to dive into the topic of being on time consistently. The two main contributing factors we will be looking at are telling time and making a schedule.

Telling Time

As an independent adult, telling time is an important skill that helps you navigate through everyday life. Life revolves around a clock and adults are expected to be on time and reliable.

Organizations use these same parameters to create a routine that can be relied on. For example, public transportation has time parameters that specify when it operates for throughout the day.

Furthermore, telling time is a major part of our lives and is the first step to becoming an independent adult.

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Making a Schedule

Creating a schedule that is effective and realistic with your time can be difficult.

Keys in Planning a Schedule:

  • Create a routine to create your schedule
  • Identify availability each week
  • Know your priorities and what is essential
  • Add time for the unexpected
  • Avoid taking on more than you can handle

Planning a schedule is a skill that improves overtime with practice. Finding what works best for you will take time and patience.

Soul Dogs Services

Soul Dogs, Inc. offers job readiness training that teaches skills that prepare people for an adult life. For instance, Soul Dogs works to improve problems of attendance, hygiene and interpersonal relationships. Additionally, Soul Dogs has programs that work on job development and placement.

Visit: Soul-Dogs-Inc.org

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Success Stories in the IDD CommunityUncategorized

Chelsea Werner- A Success Story in the IDD Community

Chelsea Werner modeling.

Hey, Soul Dog supporters! We are kicking off a series of success stories in the IDD community. 

About Chelsea

This week, we are featuring a Special Olympic National and World Champion medal holder, Chelsea Werner. Werner is a dedicated gymnast and has found much success in the sport. She holds four National Special Olympic Gymnastics titles and two World Champion titles.

She was born with down syndrome, but is not held back in any way by it. Werner has been successful with not only sports. Gymnastics opened the door for a successful modeling career. She was scouted by a modeling agency based in New York City and since has modeled for many popular retailers such as Target and H&M, bringing inclusivity to their campaigns. Her first passion, gymnastics, brought her to her next passion, modeling. 

Werner began participating in athletics at the age of eight and has tried out multiple sports including soccer and swimming. She fell in love with gymnastics and began training many hours a week for the Special Olympics. She competed in the first Special Olympics National Gymnastics Championships in 2012 and became National Champion.

Chelsea Werner showcasing her medals.
Advocacy

Gymnastics also has taught Werner discipline and how to overcome obstacles that she may face in life. She inspires others with down syndrome to achieve their dreams and is an advocate for breaking down barriers that IDD individuals have. 

 Werner has proven her doctors wrong, who told her she would always have low muscle tone when she was born. She was unable to walk until she was two years old. Werner hopes to inspire people with IDDs to pursue anything their heart desires and live life to the fullest. She has seen first hand what hard work can do. 

She has been featured on the Today show and has a large following on social media. Check out her Instagram here

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My Modern Met

Chelsea Werner