John Cronin was born with Down Syndrome

But John’s disability has never slowed him down. With the help of his dad he now has his own business. It is all about selling socks. You see, John likes socks—the crazier the better. That’s how his quirky idea grew into a multi-million-dollar business called John’s Crazy Socks.

John’s Crazy Socks

Check out John’s website @ John’s Crazy Socks.There you will find Mother’s Day socks, dog lovers socks, cat lovers socks, autism awareness socks, wedding socks and tons of others. And they are all fun to own and wear. That’s why John wanted to start his business in the first place. He loves to have fun. All in all John has 1,200 socks designs and he sells them across the world.

Read all about John’s story @ https://johnscrazysocks.com/pages/our-story

John and his dad want to change how people with disabilities are treated in the workplace

John’s Crazy Socks has made it its mission to hire people with disabilities. John’s dad, Mark, says that 15 of the 35 people on John’s team live with disabilities. In an article on CTV News I learned that John and his dad have gone beyond merely hiring disabled people. They went to Washington, D.C. to meet with members of Congress to discuss changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act. Here’s Mark:

“We’re advocating for the rights of disabled people to work and retain their earnings.

“In particular, one bill we’re looking to change in the states, there’s a Fair Labour Act, and section 14C of that says that workers can pay disabled employees less than minimum wage. And we think that’s outrageous. So we’re working with the National Down Syndrome Society to get that rule changed.”

The National Down Syndrome Society is also promoting the ABLE Act

Check out the NDSS Facebook page. They are also working with both parties also to support an act (ABLE) to amend the Internal Revenue Service Code of 1986 to create tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities.

The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act seeks to amend Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Service Code of 1986 to create tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. The bill aims to ease financial strains faced by individuals with disabilities by making tax-free savings accounts available to cover qualified expenses such as education, housing, and transportation. The bill would supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurances, the Medicaid program, the supplemental security income program, the beneficiary’s employment, and other sources.

You and I can contact our senators and representatives to encourage support for the ABLE Act and the Cronins’ bill. The disabled really need our support and encouragement.