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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On a recent road-trip to central Nebraska, my son Marcus leaned back and sighed, "This is the good life." That particular weekend there was much ado about Nebraska's slogan: "The Good Life." So I smiled in agreement while my mind wandered over the parallel metaphor to our world.
For 10 years, March 21 has been recognized as World Down Syndrome Day. Every year around the world festivities are organized to promote acceptance of Down syndrome and celebrate individuals with Down syndrome, and all they offer our world.
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.
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.