Demi Keller has Down syndrome, but that isn't stopping her from pursuing her dreams.
The 19-year-old from the Harrisburg area in Pennsylvania was just admitted to college, specifically, the two-year Career and Life Studies Certificate program for individuals with intellectual disabilities at Millersville University — one of Pennsylvania's state schools — and opened her admittance letter on camera.
Needless to say, she was ecstatic.
Demi's road to college started when she asked her mother, Donna Partin, where she was going to school. With no viable options at the time for students with cognitive disabilities, Partin founded The DREAM Partnership, which provides funding to institutions of higher learning for inclusive post-secondary education programs, scholarships and awareness.
"When students with intellectual disabilities go to college, positive impacts emerge for everyone involved. The educational institution is improved. The lives of the peer students are enriched. The Community is enhanced," DREAM Executive Director Sherri Landis told A+.
The partnership also gives scholarships to students to attend one of the participating colleges, as Landis says, "to help students reach their DREAM" and graduate with a job with a competitive wage.
Now, Demi can go after hers. Though she doesn't know what to do yet, Landis isn't worried at all.
"I do not know of any freshman who really knows what they want to do."