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Down Syndrome

Have We All Had Enough of Nasty Words?

Alethea Mshar | Posted 02.22.2017 | Women
Alethea Mshar

What names have you been called since June 2016? A Wingnut? A Libtard? What names have you called others? In some cases we take the names we’re ...

How New Genetic Technologies Are Reshaping Pregnancy And Parenting

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.20.2017 | Healthy Living

As the nascent field of genetic testing advances, expectant parents face a dizzying array of new and difficult questions. Would you want to know if yo...

I Just Don't Know How You Do It

Alethea Mshar | Posted 02.21.2017 | Parents
Alethea Mshar

If I had a dollar for every time I heard that… well, I’d have a lot of dollars. People say it a lot, in every context. Advocating for a therapy ...

How These Tennis Ball Chairs Are Helping Kids With Sensory Issues

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 02.08.2017 | Parents

Students with sensory concerns are finding help from an unlikely source: tennis balls. Amy Maplethorpe, a speech language pathologist at Raymond Ellis...

Boy With Down Syndrome Dances To 'Born This Way,' Brings Twitter To Tears

The Huffington Post | Nina Golgowski | Posted 02.07.2017 | Parents

He was born his way too. #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/3rZsOy1rIA— David M. Perry (@Lollardfish) February 6, 2017 There were a number of empower...

A Letter To The Families I See At The Children's Hospital

Alethea Mshar | Posted 01.26.2017 | Parents
Alethea Mshar

Last week, for about the 2736th time, I navigated a children’s hospital with my son. We had traveled to a different hospital, and I suspect that’s...

This Couple With Down Syndrome Threw The Most Magical Wedding

The Huffington Post | Kelsey Borresen | Posted 01.04.2017 | Weddings

Bride Polly Gibson and groom Joe Minogue had one utterly magical wedding day. The couple, who both have Down syndrome, tied the knot in May 2016 at Br...

7-Year-Old Becomes Cincinnati Ballet's First Dancer With Down Syndrome

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 12.20.2016 | Parents

Jack Barlow just made history, and he’s only 7 years old. Jack is the first dancer with Down syndrome to perform with Cincinnati Ballet, earning a r...

Inclusion Matters For All Students

Todd Grindal | Posted 12.13.2016 | Education
Todd Grindal

By Brian Freeman & Todd Grindal Like most 13-year-olds, Aiden Killoran just wants to go to school with his friends and siblings. Last fall, as he atte...

Boy With Down Syndrome Stars In Ad After Mom Fights For Inclusion

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 12.05.2016 | Parents

After a modeling agency initially chose to not submit her son with Down syndrome for a casting, Meagan Nash began a campaign for more inclusion in adv...

Stunning Beach Photos Celebrate Kids With Down Syndrome

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 11.01.2016 | Parents

In October 2015, photographer Julie Willson documented the “beauty of kids with Down syndrome.” Now, she’s captured that same beauty, almost one...

What Happened When I Stopped Watching And Reading The News

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 10.31.2016 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

After three days without reading or watching the news, I seemed more calm. I took the girls to a nearby farm that had converted a field into an autumn wonderland featuring hayrides, storytelling witches, pumpkin bowling, a straw maze, and animals.

Mom's Message To The Man Who Called A 'Retard' Halloween Costume 'Hilarious'

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 10.28.2016 | Parents

One day at lunch, Dustin Daughtry heard a co-worker praise a “retard” costume he’d seen someone wear for Halloween. The co-worker described it a...

From One Parent To Another: 5 Tips On Having A Child With Down Syndrome

Meriah Nichols | Posted 10.25.2016 | Parents
Meriah Nichols

Pride being more powerful than shame, it makes sense to me to teach my daughter that she has a right to be here. She has contributions to make. Down syndrome can and should define her. Her presence is as necessary to the world as the star shine is.

Mom Fights For Son With Down Syndrome To Be Included In Ad Campaign

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 10.19.2016 | Parents

Meagan Nash is on a mission to make advertising more inclusive, and her 15-month-old son Asher is helping her. Nash has been submitting photos of Ashe...

Inspiring 7-Year-Old Girl Shatters Misconceptions About Down Syndrome

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 10.19.2016 | Parents

An inspiring little girl is clearing up some misconceptions about Down syndrome. In honor of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, California mom Jennifer Va...

A Letter to Myself On The Day I Found Out My Daughter Has Down Syndrome

Seleni Institute | Posted 10.18.2016 | Parents
Seleni Institute

By Amy Silverman, contributor to the Seleni Institute, a nonprofit mental health and wellness center for women and mothers in New York City. When my n...

The Coffee Bean With a Dream

Sue Shanahan | Posted 10.14.2016 | Good News
Sue Shanahan

Diane Grover is an incredible mom. Her youngest child, MaryEllen, was born in 2005 with Down Syndrome. Diane learned all too quickly that she would have to lobby for her child.

I Know A Girl Who...

Deanna Smith | Posted 10.07.2016 | Parents
Deanna Smith

I know a girl whose smile lights up the world, whose frown tugs at the heart strings, and whose tears can melt the hardest of hearts. This little girl has Down Syndrome.

Down Syndrome Awareness Is For Big People, Too

Alethea Mshar | Posted 10.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Alethea Mshar

I remember when my son Alex was first born, I felt compelled to make sure everyone in our lives knew just how precious he was. I enjoyed great success...

Hope House Austin Is Where the Heart Is

Dorian de Wind | Posted 09.14.2016 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

Until recently, I didn't know much about autism or, for that matter, about other intellectual and developmental disabilities, or IDDs. Most of what ...

Dave Hoppe, Hero for People with Disabilities

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 09.01.2016 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

With the attention focused on the Presidential election, it is easy to forget that there are committed professionals working in public service in our ...

Beloved McDonald's Fry Cook Honored With Huge Retirement Party

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 08.31.2016 | Good News

Freia David, whose first name is pronounced “fry-a,” worked the fry station at a McDonald’s for 32 years. David, who is 52 and has Down syndrom...

Gov. Markell: Hero To People With Disabilities

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 08.31.2016 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

It is easy to get depressed about a lack of leadership in America today. However, there are still impactful, caring and successful leaders out there working to make our nation a better place. One of the true heroes is Governor Jack Markell of Delaware.

What If Full Mainstream Education Is Really Not Best For My Child?

Alethea Mshar | Posted 08.28.2016 | Parents
Alethea Mshar

Inclusion is a big deal. Parents want their children to be accepted into every setting possible. Removing children with cognitive impairments from t...