Emannuel Bishop is a 16-year-old teenager like any other but he also has Down syndrome. Nevertheless, he does not think of his condition as illness but rather embraces it as a unique gift from God. Emannuel is really ambitious and he is inspired to achieve great things in life with the gift he possesses.
By the time he was 2 he could already sight-read from flashcards in a multitude of languages. He is home-schooled and raised as bilingual both in English and Spanish. He is also tutored in Latin and French and demonstrates great fluency in all languages. Emmanuel began playing the violin at the age of 6 and by the time he was 12 he played a recital in front of an audience of 900 people in Ireland. It was during the 10th World Down Syndrome Congress in 2009 where he also gave an inspiring presentation about how children with Down Syndrome should not be aborted by mothers but given a chance to demonstrate their unique abilities in life.
Emmannuel also loves sport. The remarkable teenager holds 6 Junior Down Syndrome World records in swimming and also became a Special Olympics gold medalist in golf when he was just 10 years old.
Emmannuel’s goal in life is to raise hope and awareness of the extraordinary abilities people with the Down syndrome have and never misses a public opportunity to do that.