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One Day... The Story of Down Home Ranch, a working farm and ranch founded by Jerry and Judy Horton offering programs and services to adults and teens with special needs
A New Life

Photo: Jerry Horton with his daughter, Kelly In 1984, Judy and Jerry Horton and their three daughters were living in Austin, Texas, looking forward to the empty nest and enjoying Austin a life filled with family, friends and music.

Their lives took a sudden turn when Judy learned she was pregnant with their fourth child. Several months later they welcomed Kelly Page Horton.

Kelly was fat, bald, and beautiful - and bore the unmistakable marks of Down syndrome. A new journey had begun.

Judy and Jerry began investigating every aspect of Down syndrome - medical, social, spiritual, legal, and financial. There was so much to learn!

They knew Kelly would be fine as long as she was living at home, but what about when she graduated from high school? Where would she find friends? Where would she live? Who would care for her? Challenge her? Would there be financial help? Would she be able to work? Could she even find a job?

The Hortons knew that unless Kelly had support her throughout her life isolation, estrangement and loneliness would be a constant threat. In short, where would the community of love and opportunity come from for Kelly after her parents were gone?

The story continues ... what will the future hold?


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