Down syndrome won’t stop Jae chasing his dreams
JAE Clarke is one of those rare individuals who gets the most out of every day.
The Nanango resident seems to be best friends with everyone he meets and he looks as though he has everything he could want out of life.
But the 31-year-old man with Down syndrome, said there were a couple of things he was searching for.
A good job and a nice girl.
"My big goal, I suppose, is to put myself out there," he said.
Securing regular work and having someone to share his life with doesn't seem too unreasonable for a man with Jae's skills and experiences.
"I have a black belt in karate, and I volunteer with the Rural Fire Brigade in East Nanango," he said.
Jae has applied for many positions, but is yet to secure regular employment.
"I would like to do hands-on work," he said.
"I could work in an office and do filing.
"I would like to work with kids, but I have to get my blue card from the Rural Fire Brigade first," he said.
"I could even do the zebra crossing."
Jae, who lives by himself in a bungalow out the back of his parent's house, said he loves the flexibility and independence that comes with the bachelor life.
"I can come and go as I please," he said.
"I get to stay up late."
But as much as he enjoys his freedom, Jae said he would much rather share his down time with a significant other.
"I would like to meet someone," he said.
"I would give them chocolates and a rose.
"We could spend time together and get to know each other."
Having Down syndrome doesn't restrict Jae in his everyday life, but he said people do interact with him differently than they would with other people.
"Some people treat you differently because you have Downs," he said.
"I don't understand why.
"It sometimes gets me a little upset."