Sean Shea

Sean Shea enjoys the simple things. He likes good food, music and spending time with friends and family. But much like his favorite music artists, Sean’s personality is larger than life.

Sean was diagnosed with Down Syndrome at birth, and later Mild Intellectual Disability Disorder. After moving in with his sister and brother-in-law in 2008, Sean came to Goodwill as part of its Facility-Based Contracts and later became a participant of the Goodwill S.T.A.R.S. program in Grapevine.

S.T.A.R.S. stands for skills training achieves results and is a unique day-habilitation program for adults with significant disabilities. The program recreates daily living scenarios to give participants a chance to learn real-life skills to overcome their disadvantages and achieve maximum independence.

When he’s not tearing up the dance floor with his Elvis-inspired moves, Sean enjoys taking an active role in the Apartment and Art Classrooms as well as learning job skills at Goodwill stores. Sean’s eager approach to learning and charming personality has made him a delight for both participants and staff alike, which made him a perfect choice for 2019’s Shining Star of the Year. As Sean’s sister Karen puts it, “He’s a star! He’s a bright star.”