Benjamin is a 36-year old man with Down’s syndrome. His mom Victoria is his primary caregiver. But at aZul for Better Living, Benjamin is known as the “Creative” and Victoria as his “Collaborator.“ How dignified. How respectful. How empowering!
Victoria says the “Follow the Thread” program at aZul for Better Living gave them hope. The program provides training in fashion design with the goal of giving adults with disabilities an opportunity for financial freedom. “They taught Benjamin how to make his own designs and clothing so he can sell them…to be self-employed. “I was thrilled,” said Victoria. “I’ve never seen a place like this. They understand what we’re going through as parents and caregivers of adult children with disabilities. What they give us is understanding and hope.” Benjamin loves it so much. His collaborator/mom says he’s so enthusiastic about learning. “At the other school Benjamin attends, it’s like they’re just doing their job.”
At aZul, they are very, very kind people. They’re very supportive, during and after the program.
aZul for Better Living’s mission is to empower adults of all abilities and their caregivers using fashion design, industrial design and art to achieve financial independence, dignity and recognition.
Benjamin is excited about giving back, volunteering himself at aZul!