Ruth is a 20 year old woman with Down syndrome who has always enjoyed spending time with children. For the past year she has been working part-time at a child care centre in Queensland. She loves playing with the children but also keeping the centre clean and tidy. One of her favourite jobs is changing nappies. Ruth is in open-employment and paid the award-rate.
Over the past year, Ruth has provided support to a little girl, Eliana, who also happens to have Down syndrome. After learning about using signing to communicate at a Down Syndrome Queensland conference last year, Ruth has been teaching some signs to Eliana.
Ruth is studying to complete her Certificate III in Childcare.