Benjamin Ali, a proud worker

To read on Manchester Evening News website:

Meet the ambitious teen with Down’s Syndrome who’s determined to make it in the world of work

Charlotte Dobson

Benjamin Ali, 15, wanted to do work experience like his other classmates, but had trouble finding a placement.

Benjamin Ali

Benjamin Ali, 15, in the restaurant

A teen with Down Syndrome refused to let his disability stand in the way of gaining work experience.

Benjamin Ali, 15, found it tough to find an employer willing to offer him a placement because of his disability.

But the Walkden High School pupil was thrilled when Swadesh, an Indian restaurant in Manchester , offered him a placement as a waiter.

Proud mum, Amanda Ali, says every day tasks such using public transport can be a challenge for her son.

But now Amanda hopes Ben’s success will inspire other workplaces to give kids with additional needs a chance.

The mum-of-two from Worsley , said: “Ben has been through a lot in his life. He is just such the brightest, intelligent, kind and well mannered lad ever.

“He’s a normal 15-year-old lad, but it can be quite difficult to get him to live a ‘normal’ life.

“His dad and I are always fighting to make sure he gets the same opportunities as everyone else.

Benjamin Ali, 15, has Down Syndrome and has just completed his first work experience placement

“Work experience is one of those opportunities but because Ben has Down’s Syndrome it can be difficult.

“Some places say they are not insured or aren’t in a position to accommodate him.

“When he found out Swadesh were willing to offer him some work experience he was over the moon.

“He really did this well. He caught the train there and was polite with the customers.

“It’s wonderful to see him succeed.”

Benjamin Ali

Teachers back at Walkden High School are thrilled with Ben’s achievement too.

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