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Breaking News - Aspiring Norwalk DJ with Down syndrome pursues his dream

July 6, 2018

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A disabled DJ's dreams came true when he was invited to play his first set in front of almost 2,000 people.Inspirational Joey Agostino, 23, who has Down syndrome, loves music and devoted hours to perfecting his skills behind the decks.Two years ago, the aspiring musician was thrilled to discover he was the recipient of a scholarship which would allow him to professionally train.After completing the course under his mentor, audio engineer Mark Minnock, Joey, from Norwalk, Connecticut, landed his first gig.He performed at the Night to Shine concert held by retailer LulaRoe in California, an event which supports and celebrates people living with special needs.Footage from the night shows him looking suave in a top hat and tails and grinning as the music plays out to a crowd of 1,800.Speaking of his passion, music lover Joey said he was always inspired to become a DJ.He said, 'I love music, I love to make people happy and I love to dance. So that's why I want to be a DJ.'It's cool and fun to be a DJ. You have to practice every day because practice makes you perfect.'Joey's mom, Laurie Agostino, said it was a huge shock to discover that Joey's first gig, in August, would be such a monumental one.She said, 'When Joey's first gig came around, it was not just this tiny little gig.'It was a big, big thing for this to be his first event. They pulled out all the stops.'Joey jumped right in, full blast into this huge room, and this huge dance floor and he owned it.'Of course, I cried more than once but I was incredibly proud.'It is amazing feeling to watch your child who had a passion, who had a dream, to see it all come together, it was amazing.'Joey was enabled to pursue his dream after securing the National Down Syndrome Society's Ethan Saylor scholarship which he used to train with Star Inc. Lighting the Way.

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