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How a Car Dealership Gave This Teen With Intellectual Disabilities a New Lease on Life

Jake Nelson loves cars.

His intellectual disability makes it impossible for him to ever drive one, but the 17-year-old likes to spend his time doing the next best thing — helping to sell them, according to KARE 11 News.

The staff at the Apple Valley Ford Lincoln dealership in Apple Valley, Minnesota, have welcomed Jake with open arms. He spends several afternoons there a week checking for unlocked car doors, picking colors for the display and making sure all tires are facing the right direction. His parents say he’s finally found his place.

He just wants to be a part of something,” John Callahan, the dealership’s senior sales manager, told KARE. “We’re lucky enough to have him as part of our something here.”

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