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Posted Oct 24 2009 10:04pm

Robert Pio Hajjar is a motivational speaker and founder of, an Ontario-based organisation focused on educating people about intellectual disability; providing food, clothing and household goods to low income individuals with disabilities; and providing art and literacy programs for for people with intellectual disabilities.

Oh yes, and he has Down’s syndrome. As he says: “When I was born 29 years ago, the doctors told my parents to put me away and forget about me. They said I would not be able to walk, or talk or do what other kids do. They painted a very sad picture of what my life would be like…. Don’t you think the doctors would be surprised to see me now?”

Here’s a video of him opening the Best Buddies Regional Conference 2009 in Hamilton, Ontario.

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