Boy with Down syndrome starts cupcake business with mother

Patricia Truel started her homemade cupcake business in 2009 to help her son, John, who has Down syndrome. Today the business is much in demand.

Patricia started off by delivering home-baked cupcakes to customers near her home in a town in the state of Ohio, United States. In four weeks, she got orders for 48 dozen cupcakes.

Patricia decided to expand the business and teach John business skills all at the same time.

Recently, Patricia opened a store called 'Cupcakes on 8th' and John works short shifts after school. He welcomes customers, washes dishes, and runs the cash counter.

He also gets to taste all the goodies his mom bakes. His favourite is peanut butter and cinnamon cupcakes.

Patricia and John aim to hire more kids with special needs at 'Cupcakes on 8th' to give them the same kinds of work skills that John has got. Patricia says John's skills in math, counting and social interaction have improved.

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