Restaurant Embodies Spirit Behind International Down Syndrome Day

State   |   Wendy Wright   |   Mar 20, 2013   |   4:24PM   |   Washington, DC

Tim’s Place is a restaurant that specializes in breakfast, lunch and hugs.

Entrepreneur Tim Harris, a Special Olympics athlete, homecoming king, and sailor is the owner and inspiration for the New Mexico restaurant that bills itself as the “world’s friendliest.”

Want proof? Watch Tim “happy dance” his way into work:

Tim embodies the theme of this year’s International Down Syndrome Day, held on March 21. “The Right to Work” for those with the unique distinction of being born with a third copy of chromosome 21 will be celebrated at a day-long event at UN headquarters in New York.

Down Syndrome is a natural condition that occurs in all countries, ethnicities, and socio-economic environments. This video “Let Us in – I Want To Work” shows people with Down Syndrome in 62 countries at work:


Tim’s sincere assessment of people like him is infectious. “We are a gift to the world,” he exults, as he hugs his customers.

LifeNews Note: Wendy Wright writes for the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute. This article originally appeared in the pro-life group’s Turtle Bay and Beyond blog and is used with permission.