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Down Syndrome

Plain Old Sibling Rivalry

Rachel Adams | Posted 07.22.2015 | Parents
Rachel Adams

Many children, especially young ones, lack the language and self-awareness to express their negative emotions in productive ways. Siblings become convenient targets for our feelings of jealousy and anger, and our dawning awareness of how unfair life can be.

Madeline Stuart, Model With Down Syndrome, Lands Two New Fashion Campaigns

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 07.14.2015 | Style

Madeline Stuart is not your average model. The 18-year-old with Down syndrome is challenging society’s narrow standard of beauty....

Supreme Court Justice for the Chromosome Rights Movement -- the Next Frontier

Joaquin M. Espinosa | Posted 06.30.2015 | Science
Joaquin M. Espinosa

Last week, the Supreme Court ruled against chromosome discrimination. Now, citizens with two X chromosomes can marry somebody with two X chromosomes, and those with a Y chromosome can marry other folks with a Y chromosome too.

Life With My 'Down's Kid'

Suzie Skougard | Posted 06.23.2015 | Parents
Suzie Skougard

The hardest thing about having a child with Down syndrome isn't the child and it isn't the Down syndrome -- it's public perception. It's a lack of funding, resources and research. It's having to fight just to get your child an education and therapies. It's battling ignorance, and it's a full-time job.

Boy With Down Syndrome Tells His Dad He's 'Doing A Great Job' For Father's Day

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 06.19.2015 | Parents

Father's Day is a time to celebrate and express gratitude to dads, including dads of children with special needs. Told from the perspective of a b...

Taylor Swift Grants Fan's #SwiftAWish, Meets Girl Who Has Down Syndrome, Cancer

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 06.17.2015 | Good News

Taylor Swift has proven once again that she always has time for a fan in need. The Dover Police Department in Delaware started a social media camp...

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 Says He Was Fired For Asking Coworkers Not To Say The R-Word

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 06.04.2015 | Parents

When Pennsylvania dad Bruce Casper heard his coworkers repeatedly use the R-word, he complained to upper management. As a result of his speaking out, ...

An Uncomplicated Life: A Book Review

International Down Syndrome Coalition | Posted 06.03.2015 | Books
International Down Syndrome Coalition

Still looking for the perfect gift for Father's Day on June 21? Do you have a book lover to shop for? Maybe you know a father to a new baby with an intellectual or developmental disability?

The Best Day Ever Was The Day We Met Our Son, Who Has Down Syndrome

Kari Wagner-Peck | Posted 05.28.2015 | Parents
Kari Wagner-Peck

Most people meet their child for the first time in a delivery room. Ours was introduced to us in the reception area of a single-story administrative building located in a business park alongside warehouses.

What We Really Mean When We Say, 'I Could Never...'

Mardra Sikora | Posted 05.21.2015 | Parents
Mardra Sikora

In all honesty, when my son was diagnosed with Down syndrome, I thought. Well, if it had to be something... I can handle this. I don't know if that's weird, maybe it's a coping mechanism of some sort, but it's also true.

Meet The Aspiring Teen Model Who's Challenging Stereotypes

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 05.19.2015 | Teen

Madeline Stuart is an 18-year-old aspiring model, and she’s here to challenge society’s rigid definition of what “beautiful” is. (function...

Where Hope Grows, Is a Heart-warming Movie

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.19.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

I guess it is old-fashioned to call it that, but "Where Hope Grows" is an old-fashioned kind of movie in that it harkens back to a time where movies promoted positive values.

David DeSanctis, an Actor Shattering Stereotypes

Kari Wagner-Peck | Posted 05.20.2015 | Entertainment
Kari Wagner-Peck

Where Hope Grows--which opens today--is a buddy film with the two male protagonists played by DeSanctis and Kris Polaha journeying through a series of comedic, dramatic and heartfelt interactions that unite this unlikely pair and reveal the nature of friendship.

'Where Hope Grows': A Review

International Down Syndrome Coalition | Posted 05.12.2015 | Impact
International Down Syndrome Coalition

The International Down Syndrome Coalition staff had the privilege of a private screening of Where Hope Grows. Staff members were impressed and moved by the film. This inspiring movie shatters stereotypes of those with Down syndrome.

What I Learned About My Son Is the Best Mother's Day Gift Ever

Kari Wagner-Peck | Posted 06.01.2015 | Parents
Kari Wagner-Peck

At eight years old, Thorin had figured out something I didn't learned until my 30s: Do what you love for no one else but yourself. My guess is the greater part of parenting is not getting in the way of your child becoming who they are.

Daughter With Down Syndrome Inspires Mom to Create Fashion Accessory Business

HooplaHa | Posted 05.07.2015 | Good News
HooplaHa

This is the ultimate story of a mothers love for her child. Boynton Beach, FL mom, Laurie Ruehlman wanted to spend more quality time with her daughter, Payton, who has Down Syndrome.

What I Learned From My Son After The Death Of Our Dog

Kari Wagner-Peck | Posted 06.22.2015 | Parents
Kari Wagner-Peck

Thorin made accommodations for his friend's fragility. The forts he built for the two of them now had a cushy bed for Walt. He understood Walt could no longer jump up on his bed, needing to sleep on the floor instead.

Mom's Disney Photos Prove 'The Only Disability In Life Is Having A Bad Attitude'

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 04.22.2015 | Parents

If this isn't Disney magic in action, what is? Florida mom Kristina Bewley started taking her daughter Giselle to Disney World in September 2014. T...

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.

5 Things I Wish Others Understood About My Son With Down Syndrome

Kari Wagner-Peck | Posted 06.02.2015 | Parents
Kari Wagner-Peck

Two different parents reached out to my husband and I at the school to let us know their children wanted to help Thorin. I got the feeling I was going to be asked to write college references for these kids someday.

Photo Series Of People With Down Syndrome Beautifully Illustrates The Diversity of Humans

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 04.02.2015 | Good News

With a plain, green chair against a floral backdrop, an Iceland artist is showing the diversity and beauty of humankind. "First and Foremost I Am"...

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...

Watch The Emotional Moment A Man With Down Syndrome Asks His Girlfriend To Move In

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 03.23.2015 | Good News

There’s no better way to honor an important day than with a love story. Saturday, March 21, is World Down Syndrome Day, and to promote and raise ...

How We Came To Have A Son With Down Syndrome

Kari Wagner-Peck | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Kari Wagner-Peck

A social worker who was a 20-year veteran of state adoptions told us early on in the process: "You get the one you're supposed to." She couldn't have been more right.