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Published August 04, 2012, 08:03 PM

People with disabilities working in the metro

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- People with disabilities in our community are living their daily life like any other person, all thanks to an organization called connections.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- People with disabilities in our community are living their daily life like any other person, all thanks to an organization called connections.

This organization helps them hold jobs, live on their own, and gain independence.

29 year old Justin Skaurud is busy bagging shoppers groceries here at Hornbachers.

Kathy: "Justin graduated in 2002, and he was ready to go to college in his mind."

He was born with down syndrome, but his mother Kathy says they've never let his disabilities hold him back.

Kathy: "I'm very proud of him, and well I guess it makes me feel good that he does have a job to go to, and it makes it seem more normal, and he feels I think that he is contributing, and he like the pay check like everyone else."

Monday through Friday Justin works as a bagger for 5 hours. He Makes his own money, is able to pay his own rent, and socializes with the community.

Justin is so loved by customers, some even come to this Hornbachers location specifically to see him, and they even give him tips, he like most people spends those hard earned dollars on some of his favorite things.

Kathy: "He usually has them spent, I think before he gets home, "with all the treats here" Yea, pop, gum, you know whatever."

Justin's job coach Amanda Sauve teaches him and the other baggers... eggs and bread on top, meat in a separate bag, and how to load the cart.

Amanda: "To see them learn different things and catch on to stuff, it's really nice."

Being in the workforce for nearly ten years, a bagger since 2007, Justin continues to perfect his skills and continues to make his boss, customers, and family smile, but the most important part is that this job gives Justin self worth, responsibility, and the chance to be just a normal employee at a job he loves.

Kathy: "Instead of looking at his disability, I like to look at how socially he is normal."

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