Restaurant Owner With Down Syndrome Captures The American Dream

National   |   Erika Anderson   |   Jan 9, 2014   |   10:40AM   |   Washington, DC

You might not expect a child with Down syndrome to grow up and become a small-business owner — but that’s exactly what Tim Harris did.

From the time he was 14 years old, his parents say, Harris was determined to own a restaurant. His dream came true several years ago when his father helped him get it off the ground. Today, “Tim’s Place” is thriving in the business of “breakfast, lunch and hugs.”

The “Tim’s Place” website offers a famous quote from Walt Disney to explain the driving force behind his dream: “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Harris’ success encompasses the spirit of the American Dream, which dares to promise that in this country, there’s no discrimination or cap on what one can accomplish if they set their mind to it.

In addition to breaking barriers for people born with Down syndrome — Harris has also competed and won medals in the Special Olympics and boasts “more medals than Michael Phelps” — his accomplishment inspires people not to let their weaknesses hold them back. Note:  Ericka Andersen writes for The Foundry, the blog of the Heritage Foundation, where this post originally appeared. It is reprinted here with permission. Andersen is a Senior Digital Communications Associate at The Heritage Foundation and was the Communications Director for Congressman Todd Rokita and the Director of Online Media Outreach for the House Republican Conference under Congressman Mike Pence. She was also a political reporter at Human Events and a blogger for RedState and Townhall.