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Down Syndrome

I Wish I'd Known Then What I Know Now

Deanna Smith | Posted 02.26.2015 | 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.

An Open Letter to Baby Leo's Dad From a Down Syndrome Mother

Meriah Nichols | Posted 02.17.2015 | Impact
Meriah Nichols

Is it okay if I call you Sam? I hope so. I took the initiative to do so because we are now both members of one of the most closely-knit communities in the world, that of being a parent of a child with Down syndrome.

Meet The First Model With Down Syndrome To Walk During New York Fashion Week

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.12.2015 | Good News

Jamie Brewer has made history. Brewer became the first model with Down syndrome to walk the runway during New York Fashion Week when she took part...

Defending the Mother Who Abandoned Her Down Syndrome Baby

Eliot Borenstein | Posted 02.06.2015 | Impact
Eliot Borenstein

The father has done a wonderful thing, and has made what most of us would think of as the only moral choice. But he's making a choice that his entire life has probably led him to make. The mother has done exactly the same thing.

One Dad's Choice To Keep His Son With Down Syndrome -- No Matter What

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.07.2015 | Parents

Samuel Forrest says he was given a choice: Abandon his newborn son, or get a divorce. It all started soon after Forrest's son, Leo, was born in Ar...

Random Acts of Kindness for World Down Syndrome Day

International Down Syndrome Coalition | Posted 02.05.2015 | 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.

5 Super Bowl Commercials About Something Greater Than Selling A Product

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.02.2015 | Good News

Sunday night wasn't just about football and Katy Perry -- several social causes got their time in the spotlight, too. This year, Super Bowl adverti...

'Glee' Star Has 1 Request For Fans: Stop Using The 'R-Word'

The Huffington Post | Ryan Buxton | Posted 02.02.2015 | Impact

If you need a reminder of just how hurtful the "R-word" can be, look no further than "Glee" actress Lauren Potter. She's been an outspoken advocate...

12-Year-Old With Down Syndrome Shuts Down Statistics With John Legend Cover

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 01.30.2015 | Teen

Many kids shy away from singing in front of crowds, but 12-year-old Madison Tevlin is letting her voice be heard. Born with Down syndrome, Madison ...

The Dad with the Butterfly Tattoo

Brian Horn | Posted 01.29.2015 | Parents
Brian Horn

The tattoo tells the story of my journey with my son Jackson through the chrysalis of a butterfly (the butterfly is also the international symbol for Down syndrome).

Special Olympic Athlete Inspires All With His Triumphant Story

HooplaHa | Posted 01.23.2015 | Impact

This week's Chicken Soup For The Soul Moment is about a boy who inspires through his participation in the Special Olympics. Ian Shepherd participates in the Special Olympics not only for himself but to help inspire and teach other athletes.

Shouldering a Child's Dream

Margie Doyle | Posted 01.21.2015 | Impact
Margie Doyle

I now know there is science out there that could make a difference in the life of my son both as he grows and develops into a young man, and in his adulthood. It is truly empowering, and hopeful, to realize our efforts today can make a difference in our children's tomorrows.

What We've Lost Since Ethan Saylor's Death

Mardra Sikora | Posted 01.28.2015 | Crime
Mardra Sikora

During these last two years, #JusticeForEthan has evolved from the demand for answers regarding one man's death to the rallying cry focused on the need for change. Despite all that has been lost -- and it is far too much -- there is now a spotlight on where changes need to come.

Happy Birthday, Sweetie Pie

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 01.15.2015 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

Sweetie Pie was born with ten fingers, ten toes, and Down syndrome. I've never been one to wallow in the "Life is not fair" pity party, but when she was born I was confused about the unknown: Why did this happen? How do we help? What is her future? What about my daughter?

To NIPT or Not to NIPT? That Is the Question

Kecia Gaither, M.D., MPH, FACOG | Posted 01.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Kecia Gaither, M.D., MPH, FACOG

All parents want the best reassurance for their pregnancy and to protect their unborn to their greatest capability. What is imperative is that a woman understands her options concerning prenatal testing and the risks and benefits inherent in each.

#IMREADY Campaign: Changing the Face of Beauty

Meriah Nichols | Posted 01.06.2015 | Impact
Meriah Nichols

The plan of the campaign is simple: to post a photo of the individual with a disability, to include the hashtag of a favorite major retailer along with the #IMREADY hashtag and to make a call for the retailer to participate.

The Inspiring Story Of A Champion Gymnast With Down Syndrome

TODAY Show | Posted 12.23.2014 | Good News

Werner, 22, has transformed from being unable to execute simple muscle maneuvers to a four-time national championship at the Special Olympics (she als...

Educator Explains Why Children With And Without Special Needs Should Learn Together

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 12.23.2014 | Parents

The IDEAL School and Academy Of Manhattan, an inclusive academy for children with and without special needs, aims to change the way people think about...

Toddler With Down Syndrome Stars In Target Ad, Helps Raise Awareness For Condition

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 12.23.2014 | Good News

This little girl knows how to strike a pose that gets noticed. Last Sunday, Target released an ad for a $49 children's activity cube featurin...

Let's Pass the ABLE Act

Sen. Bob Casey | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics
Sen. Bob Casey

Every parent wants their child to have a shot at the American Dream. For the parents of a child affected by a severe disability such as Down Syndrome or autism, that hope for a secure future is no less powerful.

This Smile Is Brought To You By 42,000 Birthday Cards

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 12.06.2014 | Good News

A French man with Down syndrome has received more than 40,000 birthday cards from strangers all over the globe after his dad posted a simple message o...

How I Earned the Privilege of Being Called 'Mommy' By Our (Adopted) Son

Kari Wagner-Peck | Posted 01.31.2015 | Parents
Kari Wagner-Peck

I stopped asking him to because it seemed more important to him not to call me mommy than it was for me to hear it.

What It's Like To Raise A Daughter With Down Syndrome

2012-07-03-slatelogo.jpg | Posted 11.28.2014 | Arts

This article was originally on Slate. By David Rosenberg Sian Davey, a mother of four, was pregnant with her youngest child when she was told ...

A Bedtime Story About Handicaps

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 01.26.2015 | Good News
Elaine Ambrose

That night the little girl cuddled in bed, not knowing or caring that she has changed so many people. But she slept peacefully without regret or worry. And she woke the next morning to share her healing hugs all over again.

Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities

Daniel Noltemeyer | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Daniel Noltemeyer

I want to show the world that people with disabilities much more like everyone else than many realize. I want to focus on ABILITIES!