Success Stories

IPEC applauds these young men and women for taking a stand for what they believe in and advocating to pursue their dreams. We hope their hard work and determination inspire you as you are thinking about attending college or any other postsecondary educational program.

A great a clip about a supportive family that found a wonderful opprotunity for their child...


Joshua O’Niell: From Fort Wayne to New Haven

 (The following story is excerpted from the NDSS website.)

Joshua is an inspirational young man who happens to have Down syndrome. Joshua grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and was fortunate to participate in a postsecondary education experience. He has benefited greatly from this opportunity and now lives independently, with supports, in New Haven, Connecticut. He works part-time and leads a productive and happy life.

Joshua’s close friend Zeshan Tabani was inspired by Joshua’s drive to enrich himself with postsecondary education. He wanted to help others who might not have the same opportunity, and in January 2005 he established the Joshua O’Neill and Zeshan Tabani Enrichment Fund. This fund seeks to offer financial assistance to young adults with Down syndrome who are 18 years old or older, who wish to continue to participate in postsecondary education programs or enrichment courses to gain employment and other important life skills contributing to their independence. Grants of up to $2,000 are available by completing an extensive application process.

Click here to download the 2011 Joshua O’Neill and Zeshan Tabani Enrichment Fund application. To learn more about paying for college, click here.

Another great local story from Indianapolis at Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis, IN. 

Jacob Barnett is doing a Teen Ted Talk about what he loves - Quantim Physics 

As of this year, he's working on a book with a potential movie deal and, becoming a professor. 

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