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Congratulations, Lila!

We are so proud of this girl!!

Did you know that she has sold more than 185 of her lanyards in the past year?!

Many thanks to The Blue Umbrella gift shop for helping the world to see how strong and talented Lila is.

The shop will turn O-N-E on Friday with a Birthday Bash. Make sure you attend to get your free gift with purchase on Friday, February 7, 2020, starting at 10am if you’re in Central Arkansas.

Some of you may wonder why such a little girl already has a business. Employment for people with disabilities is difficult. Many employers can’t see any capability because of the label “disability,” or they see hiring people with disabilities as a risk. We are well aware of that, and we want Lila to have a future doing something she loves that fits her talents.

Even at a young age, Lila has talents, and we want to help her develop her talents into work she can do as an adult. That’s why we built Lila’s little business called “Lila’s Lanyards.” Lila loves to work with her hands, especially doing art projects. She focuses closely and sits patiently. “Lila’s Lanyards” is carefully designed to serve many purposes.

1. This form of “mentorship” teaches Lila skills she can use as an adult.

2. The practice she gets as she works reinforces all of her therapy.

3. Lila and her mom get to spend quality time together.

4. The community becomes aware that people with disabilities have talents, capabilities, and interests past what the label implies.

Lila makes as much of each lanyard as she is capable (stringing the beads), and her mom is teaching her to do the rest as she grows in capability. Together, they ensure the products are high quality and worth the cost.

We had no idea how much support we would see from the community for her business! Friends and family supported Lila first, but the Blue Umbrella really gave her wings. Lila has been successful selling her lanyards, and she’s even branching out to do a few special orders online. We hope for more success to come! Email to order one of the designs below! Cost is $20 per lanyard + $5.00 for shipping (if needed)

** Time to deliver depends on stock on hand. Time to make them will likely be needed.


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