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Marisol is an artistically talented 26-year-old woman with Down Syndrome and a former student of the Abilities United After School Socialization program. Today, Marisol is an Adult Education student in San Jose where she does volunteer work for organizations such as Meals on Wheels.
Marisol enjoys a lot of things in life but she especially enjoys painting an decorating birdhouses. She and her mother work together to create the designs and select recycled materials as decorating media. Marisol picks her colors, and painstakingly pastes and glues the materials to the birdhouses to create the intricate and complex designs. Each birdhouse is a unique work of art. No two are alike in shape, design or style. When each one is complete, Marisol sits back with a look of satisfaction and pride. She is particularly proud when she sells a birdhouse, as she was just this week when she received $375 for four of her birdhouses. She has used her earnings to pay for a computer, clothes, and recreational activities. She has also donated to Abilities United and saves some of her earnings.
Marisol is also a regular participant and medal winner in Special Olympics track and field, softball, baseball, bowling, floor hockey and basketball. She also enjoys going to dances. She loves Michael Jackson and dances every morning while she waits for her bus and when coloring and painting. She dreams that one day she will be called to be a part of a concert for Michael Jackson. Marisol collects Michael Jackson memorabilia.
Marisol has sold dozens of her creatively decorated wood birdhouses to individuals throughout the Bay Area who appreciate and value her talent. Birdhouses sell for between $50 and $300 dollars depending on the complexity of design. One of her fans, a resident of Woodside and an owner of at least a half dozen of Marisol’s creations, so admires her work that she sponsored an auction of the birdhouse and matched the price of each birdhouse sold with a donation to Abilities United!

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