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Man with Down syndrome lands job with UPS -- but it’s so much more than that

UPS recognized for promoting inclusion in the workforce

A close-up of the logo for United Parcel Service (UPS).
A close-up of the logo for United Parcel Service (UPS). (Getty Images)

A man with Down syndrome recently landed a job with UPS -- news that’s gone a bit viral after his sister tweeted about it earlier this month.

We are so happy for Jake Pratt, 21, who lives in Alabama.

Pratt’s sister, Amy Hyde, called out the good news Dec. 1, giving UPS props for promoting inclusion in the workforce.

Pratt “loves his new job running packages up to 8 hours a day,” Hyde said, adding that her brother also works from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. every day at a local golf course. (What phenomenal work ethic!)

She included in her post, as you can see above, a photo of Pratt standing next to a UPS truck in his work uniform.

People magazine wrote about Pratt as well, and all he’s worked to accomplish. It seems the young man does everything he sets his mind to. He graduated from Clemson University’s LIFE program this past spring.

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

UPS sent well-wishes too, following Hyde’s tweet.

As we wrote about earlier this month, finding a steady job can be challenging for people with developmental disabilities. Check out the link below:

This shop aims to spark change for people with disabilities, and strike up a conversation for businesses everywhere Read full story

Awesome job, Jake!


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