University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

The Stumpf Family

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"Having Kyle around makes for a happier work environment."

Twenty-eight year old Kyle has Down syndrome and intellectual disability and lives with his father Bill. It was always his family's goal for Kyle to be included in school from the time he started preschool. High school for Kyle in a segregated setting wasn't bad, just less inclusive than what his family had envisioned for him.

In 2013, while serving on the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council, Bill began to learn more about integrated employment and Kyle began using Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation services.

Building on their experience, Bill and Kyle have now become advocates for integrated employment and help others make the transition from sheltered work.

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