Supporting Down Syndrome Owned Businesses

supporting down syndrome owned businesses
supporting companies owned by people with Down syndrome and/or allies of our community

There is no such thing as “Down Syndrome Owned Businesses” of course; this was for internet search and easy-recognition purposes. This list focuses on businesses which have items available for sale online. There are no affiliate links in this post, which means it’s a complete labor of love.

Supporting Businesses with a Connection to Down Syndrome; “Down Syndrome Owned Businesses”

Our Down syndrome community is close-knit. Oh, we squabble on social media and have tiffs here and there, but we also have each other’s backs something fierce. When we have questions about IEP’s or band together to seek out solutions or justice, there is no stopping us.

We also like to support each other.

Here’s a guide with links and information that will help us in supporting businesses with a connection to Down syndrome.

The sections have been categorized: businesses that are owned by individuals with Down syndrome, businesses that are owned by family members of an individual with Down syndrome, and companies that do great work in hiring individuals with Down syndrome.

businesses owned by an individual with down syndrome: image of a woman with down syndrome sitting, chin in hand, with legs crossed.

1. Businesses that are run by individuals with Down syndrome

This means that the product is made by the individual with Down syndrome and the store is run largely through their own efforts.

 

Moira’s Ventures: Activist Moira Rossi set up a business in which she sells programs training other adults with Down syndrome in self-advocacy. I’m blown away.

Allie ArtAllie Art: Holy Mother of WOW! Allie’s art is gorgeous! Vibrant, color-rich and reasonably-priced. She has jewelry, too.

 

Designs by Lupita

Dynamic, popping stuff: really lovely. Lupita has prints and more for sale on her site.

 

Oliver HellowellOliver Hellowell Photography

Gorgeous photos. Lots of nature-shots.

 

Da Bomb,” Bath Bombs by Morgan Tibbens: Outstanding variety of “bath bombs” (these things you put into the bath to make your experience there something fragrantly divine.

 

b9ff6f5724f3fb413c5c1cd294a635d5Christian Royal Pottery:

Gorgeous, gorgeous pottery. Those leaves?! The designs? Brilliant! I think his slogan should be, “Stoneware with Impeccable Charm.”

 

snow-in-norway-4Tazia Fawley: She makes cut-outs and paintings that are simply vibrant and bursting with energy. She is also the famous artist who gave Prince George one of her paintings, which was displayed in his nursery.

 

Geoffrey Mikol has an outstanding online shop, Riverbend Galleries, with images that he takes. Photos, calendars and more.

 

 

 andrewweatherly_winterworlds_largeArtlifting: Dreamy, often abstract art from the brilliant Andrew Weatherly. He has a wide collection of everything from rainbow swirls to sunrises.

 

Megalogy: Megan Bomgaars is one of my favorites from the hit series, “Born This Way,” because she reminds me a lot of my daughter, Moxie. She is also a total rockstar of creative awesomeness, selling everything from her hand-dyed silk scarves to yoga pants.

 

Poppin’ Joes: Gourmet kettle corn by Joe! Yum.

 

Sweet Heat Jams: Pineapple and Jalepano jam?! Don’t mind if I do. This stuff sounds divine. If that’s not your cuppa tea, there’s a lot more for ya on the site shop.

 

…and!

T-Shirts:

  • Seanese – Sean, from “Born This Way” has his own line of bad-ass shirts (I want them all!)
  • Teddy’s T’s: I’m really happy I found this site because I bought my kids Teddy’s “Label Jars, Not People” t-shirts at the SDS Conference a few years ago and I need to re-stock. Super-great guy; solid t-shirts with some fantastic slogans.
  • I Love My Life” by The Love Chromosome (Derrik & Julie)
  • Group Hug Apparel – very popular t-shirt company run by Andrew, who has Down syndrome

Paying It Forward:

Brittany’s Baskets of Hope

Brittany (an individual with Down syndrome) pulls together gift baskets for new and expecting parents of children with Down syndrome. What a powerful thing to do! Although this is not a business that you receive something in exchange for an item, it’s definitely worth contributing your dollars towards.

Businesses owned by family of an individual with down syndrome

2. Small businesses that are run by family and allies of the of individuals with Down syndrome

  • 4Peace Art: Two little girls – sisters of a young boy with Down syndrome – sell cards on Etsy and a portion of profit is donated to NDSC.
  • Cristina’s Tortina Shop: cupcakes, cakes & speciality treats made by a mom of an individual with Down syndrome, and who hires people with Down syndrome.
  • Reason to Bake: gluten free morsels of cookie deliciousness
  • Dreamer’s Coffee: Coffee distribution company run mostly by parents of individuals with Down syndrome, selling coffee & coffee-accompanying products.

T-Shirts:

businesses with great track records of hiring individuals with down syndrome

3. Businesses with great track records for hiring individuals with Down syndrome

Ever want to know what businesses have a good track record with disability?

That is, that recruit, hire and retain employees with disabilities, that support accommodation and more?

Check out Return on Disability’s 2016 Annual Report.

They have deeply analyzed almost every aspect of employment and disability within major firms, and make it easy for you to decide where you want your money to go.

Added to that, they cover both the United States and Canada.

Diversity Inc also has a list (far less comprehensive): Top 10 Companies for People with Disabilities.
Focusing specifically on our (Down syndrome) community is a little trickier and requires more analysis and research than I can reasonably accomplish in the near future. Instead, I’ll give you the results from the Facebook Hive.
According to The Hive, here are big companies that are doing well in hiring people with Down syndrome:
  • Trader Joes
  • Publix
  • Walgreens
  • CVS
  • Petco
  • Safeway
  • Kroger
  • Wegman’s
  • Amazon (maybe Down syndrome; definitely for intellectual disability)

One Final Note

Please share this post and support businesses with a positive connection to Down  syndrome in particular and disability in general.

Remember that our dollars speak the language of business by highlighting the need and desire for inclusion and acceptance, and they speak clearly and loudly.

Feel free to leave links in the comments section to businesses that have not been included.

Thank you!

Many thanks to Missy Skavlem for her 2013 post, “Businesses Owned by People with Down syndrome“, and Michelle with her 2012 post, “21 Days of Giveaways.”
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8 Comments

  • Great list!

    Have a look at Johns Crazy Socks! Their original Mighty story was viewed over 20M Times.

    http://www.johnscrazysocks.com

    This amazing business is owned by a man with Down syndrome, they give back to a different charity every month and employ people with Down Syndrome. They fit all 3 categories!! X

  • Fabulous list! I would add the wonderful Furnace Hills Coffee, http://www.furnacehillscoffee.com. They do online sales and really great coffee. “Furnace Hills Coffee™ has a commitment to hire people that are developmentally disabled. Our first employee, Erin Baldwin, has Down Syndrome. “

  • I have bought several of the Group Hug shirts over the years — they’re just great! And I own two of Oliver Hellowell’s photos, framed and hanging in my office. They’re beautiful, and his coffee book is a work of art in addition to the photos inside it. Great, great list! Happy holidays, everyone!

  • This is wonderful!! Feel free to add My Little Sunshine Face to your list. It is a book series that I wrote dedicated to children with Down syndrome and their parents. My son, Ashton, is the main character and he was born with DOwn syndrome. The series instilled in children that they are “wonderfully made” based on Psalm 139:13-14 and as each book celebrates everything our children are including their extra chromosome.. each book has activities for them to do and was created to help aid in cognitive, psychological, and motor skills development. They also have speech and motor skills therapy ideas to utilize with your child as you enjoy the book together. I hope someday as my son gets older he will help with this business and then I can pass it on to him. Right now he is the face and inspiration that little kids get to meet at my book signings or speaking events and they get excited they met they friend in the book! http://www.mylittlesunshineface.com

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