Teddy's Ts –  an uncommon business  for an uncommon man. Presented by Teddy Fitzmaurice Assisted by  Susan Fitzmaurice
Teddy’s Bio <ul><li>Teddy is 26.  </li></ul><ul><li>He was born and adopted in New York City at a time when people with Do...
Teddy's Business Nowl <ul><li>Teddy has now designed a dozen shirts </li></ul><ul><li>Some ideas he came up with all by hi...
In the beginning… <ul><li>Started April, 2006.  </li></ul><ul><li>Began by helping another t-shirt vendor, Dan Wilkins, Nt...
How does Teddy sell? <ul><li>Teddy sells T-shirts using a website:  http://www.TeddysTs.com </li></ul><ul><li>He makes pre...
All the places I go...
Teddy's Circle of Support   <ul><li>Tarryn </li></ul><ul><li>Rich  </li></ul><ul><li>Jana </li></ul><ul><li>Ken  </li></ul>
Circle of Support, inspired: •  AJ’s Café to ask Teddy to sell during their  “Singing in the Shower” fundraiser.  •  The N...
I “love” My Life   <ul><li>Teddy’s T’s line of shirts covers not only disability awareness but also voting,  </li></ul><ul...
Teddy’s Person-Centered Plan <ul><li>Teddy’s PCP directs his support circle via his dreams & goals to grow his business.  ...
Teddy's Designs
Visit Teddy's Ts  Website www.TeddysTs.com
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This is one of several presentations developed around Teddy Fitzmaurice's business Teddy's Ts. This one was created for the 2010 International VSA Festival- Arts & Disabilityl in Washington, DC. http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/festivals/09-10/vsa/

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  1. 1. Teddy's Ts – an uncommon business for an uncommon man. Presented by Teddy Fitzmaurice Assisted by Susan Fitzmaurice
  2. 2. Teddy’s Bio <ul><li>Teddy is 26. </li></ul><ul><li>He was born and adopted in New York City at a time when people with Down syndrome never had careers. They lived in institutions or in isolation. </li></ul><ul><li>He is a high school graduate and attended an 8 year transition program. </li></ul><ul><li>He takes culinary arts classes in a College Adult Education program. </li></ul><ul><li>He never thought of himself as an artist until he was an adult. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Teddy's Business Nowl <ul><li>Teddy has now designed a dozen shirts </li></ul><ul><li>Some ideas he came up with all by himself </li></ul><ul><li>Other ideas he had help with </li></ul><ul><li>He is learning to silkscreen using a Yudu </li></ul><ul><li>He designs buttons that are made by his friend Megan – who is also disabled. </li></ul>
  4. 4. In the beginning… <ul><li>Started April, 2006. </li></ul><ul><li>Began by helping another t-shirt vendor, Dan Wilkins, Nth Degree sell at conferences. </li></ul><ul><li>Started selling some designs himself. </li></ul><ul><li>Grew to over 20 of Dan's designs, plus buttons and bumper stickers. </li></ul><ul><li>Teddy's first self-designed shirt celebrates Justin Dart, one of the writers of the ADA. </li></ul>
  5. 5. How does Teddy sell? <ul><li>Teddy sells T-shirts using a website: http://www.TeddysTs.com </li></ul><ul><li>He makes presentations to local businesses about fundraising. </li></ul><ul><li>He travels to conferences and events all over the USA. </li></ul><ul><li>Mostly Teddy sells by being so gregarious that it is impossible not to buy from him. </li></ul>
  6. 6. All the places I go...
  7. 7. Teddy's Circle of Support <ul><li>Tarryn </li></ul><ul><li>Rich </li></ul><ul><li>Jana </li></ul><ul><li>Ken </li></ul>
  8. 8. Circle of Support, inspired: • AJ’s Café to ask Teddy to sell during their “Singing in the Shower” fundraiser. • The National Lawyer's Guild to invite him to display at annual meeting. • The Michigan Democratic Disability Caucus to ask him to design their fundraising tshirt. • To be asked to lead the 2009 SE MI Buddy Walk.
  9. 9. I “love” My Life <ul><li>Teddy’s T’s line of shirts covers not only disability awareness but also voting, </li></ul><ul><li>empowerment, </li></ul><ul><li>self-determination, community, equality, </li></ul><ul><li>and Peace. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Teddy’s Person-Centered Plan <ul><li>Teddy’s PCP directs his support circle via his dreams & goals to grow his business. </li></ul><ul><li>Teddy wants to employ other individuals with disabilities so they can have lives like his. </li></ul><ul><li>He wants to be recognized as a valued member of his community. </li></ul><ul><li>He wants to travel and make friends. </li></ul><ul><li>He wants to financially contribute towards his future. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Teddy's Designs
  12. 12. Visit Teddy's Ts Website www.TeddysTs.com

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