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Before the age of 7, Thibeau went to a
school for people with no disabilities.
At 7 years old, the doctors discovered
that Thibeau has an intellectual disability.
It was hard for Thibeau to
write, read and to do maths.
After Thibeau was 7 years old,
he went to special education school.
At school, the director and the teachers
did not believe that Thibeau could work.
The teachers prepared Thibeau
to live in an institution for all his life.
Thibeau wanted to learn how to
use a computer and to do an internship.
But the director and the teachers
at the school did not let him do it.
One teacher believed in him
and gave him and internship.
Thibeau worked at the greenery
service at his hometown.
After his internship, Thibeau
continued to work at the
greenery service as a volunteer.
Now, Thibeau works at Antwerp
Management School as a researcher.
And Thibeau helps at the road
and traffic services in his hometown.
As a researcher, Thibeau
helps making reports.
As a volunteer, Thibeau
helps building roads.
Thibeau gave some advice for people with
intellectual disabilities who wants to work.
Thibeau said to:
- Make your voice heard.
- Work to make your dreams come true.
- Enjoy yourself.
- Tell the teachers you can do things.
- Don’t let people walk over you.
- Do not give up.
- Believe in yourself.
- Get support to achieve your dreams.
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