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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 05.10.2015 | 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 04.23.2015 | 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 04.21.2015 | 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 04.03.2015 | 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.

Internet Supports Man With Down Syndrome With #GiveBenAJob Campaign

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 03.19.2015 | Good News

One small tweet from Kensington, Liverpool, has been heard around the world. On Friday evening, Fiona Hodge took to Twitter to ask people to help ...

How Acts Of Kindess Became Cool At This High School

The Associated Press | Posted 03.19.2015 | Good News

THOMPSON'S STATION, Tenn. (AP) — Acts of kindness have become the cool thing to do at Independence High School in Thompson's Station. Todd Campbe...

On March 21st We Celebrate The Good Life

Mardra Sikora | Posted 05.16.2015 | Parents
Mardra Sikora

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.

Scenic Adventures in the Life of a Foster/Adoptive Special Needs Mom

Patty Boles | Posted 05.13.2015 | Women
Patty Boles

People wonder how we manage a large family with special needs kids. Well, that's how we do it. I have a Richard. Don't try this without one.

Another Way to Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day

Meriah Nichols | Posted 05.10.2015 | Impact
Meriah Nichols

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.

Adam Levine Is Pretty Much Perfect When Fan With Down Syndrome Gets Jitters Meeting Idol

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 03.05.2015 | Good News

Adam Levine is best known for being a famous rock star and coaching aspiring singers on "The Voice," but for one boy with Down syndrome, he's much mor...

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.

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

Meriah Nichols | Posted 04.19.2015 | 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 04.08.2015 | 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.