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Down Syndrome Awareness

Entertainment That's Helping Society Gain New Perspective On Disability

Randy Rutta | Posted 07.26.2016 | Entertainment
Randy Rutta

When disability is a storyline, a rare feat in itself, it's often a tragic plot point or sensationalized heroism. Even more troublesome, the character is usually portrayed by an actor without a disability.

Mom Writes Viral Letter After Her Son Was Excluded From A Birthday Party

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 06.28.2016 | Parents

When her son with special needs was not invited to a classmate's birthday party, a Canadian mom wrote a powerful letter to educate the world about inc...

Gorgeous Photo Series Celebrates The Beauty Of Kids With Down Syndrome

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 07.12.2016 | Parents

A New Jersey photographer and mom of three is celebrating the beauty in kids with Down syndrome through her beautiful portraits. Back in October, Juli...

Why We Should All Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day

Joaquin M. Espinosa | Posted 03.21.2016 | Impact
Joaquin M. Espinosa

While it is important to celebrate all the things that people with Down syndrome can do and how similar they are to others, I would argue it is equally important to acknowledge the ongoing fight against discrimination that their differences evoke.

How My Niece With Down Syndrome Taught Me How to Live

Phoebe Fox | Posted 03.17.2016 | Parents
Phoebe Fox

"God put Down syndrome people on earth to show the rest of us what a**holes we are." The comment--from my best friend--made me laugh at a time when n...

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 and their famil...

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

Ellen Seidman | Posted 08.25.2016 | 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 06.09.2016 | 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 Ainsley Horn | Posted 06.24.2014 | Business
Brian Ainsley 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!