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Down Syndrome Awareness

How My Son Chooses to Teach Down Syndrome Awareness

Mardra Sikora | Posted 10.16.2015 | Parents
Mardra Sikora

This has been my dilemma as Marcus and I have met each new group. Should we talk about Down syndrome? And to what extent? It is, after all, Down Syndrome Awareness Month, and Marcus does happen to have Down syndrome.

Joyful Photo Series Shows Kids With Down Syndrome Loving Life

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 10.07.2015 | Parents

For the past four years, Rhode Island photographer Laura Kilgus has been offering free photography sessions to kids with Down syndrome ...

The New Model With Down Syndrome: What People Don't See

Ellen Seidman | Posted 08.25.2015 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

As the world cheers on Madeline Stuart, the Australian model with Down syndrome who just announced she'll walk the runway at New York Fashion Week, I'm cheering too. Yet I'm also feeling uneasy, because negative perceptions of people with disability are rearing their heads.

Meet Louise, My 4-Month-Old Daughter With Two Arms, Two Legs and One Extra Chromosome

Caroline Boudet | Posted 06.10.2015 | Parents
Caroline Boudet

She is my daughter. Louise. She is four months old, has two arms, two legs, two great chubby cheeks, and one extra chromosome.

Dad Takes Adorable Photos Of Son Flying To Raise Awareness For Down Syndrome

Braden S. Thompson | Posted 06.17.2015 | Parents
Braden S. Thompson

These unique photos are Alan's heartfelt contribution to the world in an effort to draw attention to the reality that raising a child with Down syndrome, though difficult at times, is not a burden but a joy to him and his family.

This Little Girl With Down Syndrome Will Totally Steal Your Heart

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 03.23.2015 | Parents

I'd like to introduce you to Ariana, aka "Squishy," the sweet, sassy and seriously adorable 2-year-old that has stolen my heart. From the moment I...

I Wish I'd Known Then What I Know Now

Deanna Smith | Posted 04.25.2015 | Parents
Deanna Smith

I know I am supposed to be the teacher, the mother. But the truth is, you have taught me more than I'm sure I have managed to teach you.

Random Acts of Kindness for World Down Syndrome Day

International Down Syndrome Coalition | Posted 04.07.2015 | Impact
International Down Syndrome Coalition

It's impossible to pay it forward and not feel better about the day. This March 21st, on World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), many in the Down syndrome community will put this idea into action.

I Never Knew I Wanted A Child With Down Syndrome

Meriah Nichols | Posted 01.03.2015 | Parents
Meriah Nichols

I wondered if I would lay claim to those words -- not just string them together, but lay claim to their meaning. Lay claim not just to my daughter, but to her extra chromosome. Because cognitive disability was hard for me. Very, very hard.

This Man Ditched Wall Street To Start A Business That Hires People With Disabilities

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.30.2014 | Impact

Ben Wright began seeing the world differently when his two youngest children were born with Down syndrome. He realized educational and career oppo...

What One Man With Down Syndrome Wants You to Understand

Mardra Sikora | Posted 12.30.2014 | Parents
Mardra Sikora

He surprised me, as he has before and doubtless will again, when he intuitively knew more about the situation than I shared. He looked across the table and said, in his way, "Maken understand."

Down Syndrome: Poetry, Painting, Perspective

L.L. Barkat | Posted 12.24.2014 | Books
L.L. Barkat

The words, the images, speak for themselves, though they cannot speak for all those who live with Down syndrome. Still. It might be about how we perceive, what we choose to value, if we can live with and even see the beauty of asymmetry.

Down Syndrome: Jack and I Want You to Be Aware

John M. Simmons | Posted 12.13.2014 | Parents
John M. Simmons

People who have Down syndrome are just like the rest of us in that they don't want to be viewed as different. They want their identifiers to be those of brother, son, daughter and friend (perhaps even husband or wife), rather than a genetic condition.

Beyond Awareness: National Down Syndrome Acceptance Month

Meriah Nichols | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact
Meriah Nichols

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month here in the United States. I'm personally not out to promote awareness anymore, because we are there already. We are aware that people with Down syndrome are the same as people without.

I Won't Let My Daughter With Down Syndrome Be Defined By A 'List'

Deanna Smith | Posted 11.25.2014 | Parents
Deanna Smith

When my daughter was diagnosed with Down syndrome, I was given a list. A list of potential features and problems to expect. This list is cold, emotionless and almost comes across as grotesque if you are reading it with fear already in your heart.

What Are You Going to Do When He Grows Up?

Mardra Sikora | Posted 11.09.2014 | Parents
Mardra Sikora

There are times he comes out to tell you "the man helped me." With the sink, with the paper towels, with the door. Never a concern on his face. Never a problem breathed.

How Strangers Are Giving A Little Girl With Down Syndrome 'A Real Chance In The Real World

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 07.31.2014 | Parents

Some kids will come up with any excuse to avoid class, but for one little girl, starting school was particularly special. Lily, a 2-year-old diagno...

5 Business Lessons from a Little Boy with Down Syndrome

Brian Horn | Posted 06.24.2014 | Business
Brian Horn

Kids can be some of the best teachers, even when it comes to business. My son has been no exception to that rule, despite the fact that he has a learning disability.

50 Countries Unite To Fight Medical Discrimination Against People With Down Syndrome

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 03.21.2014 | Impact

Friday marks World Down Syndrome Day, giving advocates the opportunity to celebrate the lives of people with the condition, and also to push for equal...

This Kind of Love

International Down Syndrome Coalition | Posted 05.20.2014 | Impact
International Down Syndrome Coalition

This kind of love is what many of us dreamed about, it fills us up, it leaves no doubt. And this kind of love is why we are standing here. We cannot get enough of this kind of love!

From Birth to Advocacy, the Beginnings of the International Down Syndrome Coalition

International Down Syndrome Coalition | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
International Down Syndrome Coalition

They said babies with Down syndrome can't nurse, and instead they offered me a bottle. But I was determined and I'd nursed four other babies. Mary Ellen latched on immediately and nursed like a champion. I knew right then that I would need to advocate for our daughter for the rest of her life.

What My Mother Knew The Moment She Met My Daughter

Ellen Stumbo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Ellen Stumbo

My mother and this relationship we had. So tested, yet so strong. More than anyone else, I cared about what she thought. Maybe because I knew I was so much like her. Maybe because if I saw strength in her, I knew I could be strong too.

During Down Syndrome Awareness Month, These 7 People Remind Us That That Labels Don't Matter

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 10.22.2013 | Impact

During Down Syndrome Awareness Month, advocates push even harder to improve inclusiveness, and show just how much potential people living with the con...

'Special:' A Poem Written By a Mom For Her Special Needs Son

Marla Murasko | Posted 12.15.2013 | Parents
Marla Murasko

When you start thinking about becoming a Mom the first things that pop into your mind is whether you will have a boy or a girl, what will the name be and what they will be when they grow up. You don't stop to think will he/she have special needs! Down Syndrome!

Act Like Your Kids Live Here

Jess Wilson | Posted 05.23.2012 | Parents
Jess Wilson

What if we could make signs that said ACT like your kids live here?