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Downs Syndrome

Why I'm Not Watching TV This Week

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 06.16.2016 | Impact
Brian D. McLaren

Sharp young counselors -- some high-schoolers, some in college, and some a bit older -- give a week or more of their summer to give a handful of kids a chance to do things they'd never get to do otherwise.

The I.E.P. Adventure

Olivia Rosewood | Posted 05.20.2016 | Parents
Olivia Rosewood

Would you like to come to an I.E.P. meeting with me? I know, it sounds like fun. What is an I.E.P.? It is an Individualized Educational Plan, and it is every differently abled child's right in the United States of America.

Artist Haile King-Rubie Celebrates New Art and a Birthday

Omo Misha | Posted 05.13.2016 | Arts
Omo Misha

As a child growing up with Downs Syndrome, it was the nurturing of Haile's parents, followed by his neighborhood and learning communities, that imbued him with the tools and confidence to experiment and grow in the arts.

Tips and Suggestions for a Smooth IEP Meeting

International Down Syndrome Coalition | Posted 05.03.2016 | Education
International Down Syndrome Coalition

These meetings can be stressful and for many parents navigating the world of special education is difficult. Below are some tips that might help your child's meeting go a little more smoothly!

These Policies About Down Syndrome and Abortions Roll Back Women's Rights

Lee Lee | Posted 04.06.2016 | Politics
Lee Lee

To be clear, Ohio's HB 135 and Indiana's HB 1337 use sympathy and pity toward a minority group as a tool to garnish rights from a large swath of the general population: ALL women. However, these regulations victimize people who live with Down syndrome even more than people who don't.

The Beauty of 'Difference'

Beth Whitley | Posted 01.25.2016 | Parents
Beth Whitley

Having been catapulted into the world of special needs almost exactly 6 years ago, I have several close friends who have children with DS, and many of them have taken an active and passionate stance against some media's one-sided portrayal of this new test as an unequivocally "good thing."

My Favorite Part of The Lion King Was Intermission

Jonathan Byrd | Posted 12.27.2015 | Arts
Jonathan Byrd

My family and I were given three tickets to the Broadway production of The Lion King. Tuesday, 7 p.m. Only the tickets weren't there when we got there. The theater was sold out.

The Weight of Our Words: Self-Advocate Speaks Out Against the R-word

International Down Syndrome Coalition | Posted 12.29.2015 | Impact
International Down Syndrome Coalition

The use of the R-word may seem harmless enough -- until real people get hurt. That one simple word affects people deeply. It hurts people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities, it hurts their families and it hurts their friends.

'Where Hope Grows': A Review

International Down Syndrome Coalition | Posted 05.11.2016 | 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.

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.

Random Acts of Kindness for World Down Syndrome Day

International Down Syndrome Coalition | Posted 04.07.2015 | 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.

I'm Over 50 And Adopted Two Children And So Can You

High50 | Posted 03.02.2015 | Fifty
High50

Adopting in your 50s is a lot more common than people think and the process doesn't have to be drawn out. Celebrities are among the growing number of our generation who are choosing to adopt.

Q&A With Beth Vrabel About Her Novel "Pack of Dorks"

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted 12.07.2014 | Books
Mary Pauline Lowry

In a starred review, Kirkus Review writes: "Lucy's perfectly feisty narration, the emotionally resonant situations and the importance of the topic all elevate this effort well above the pack." I spoke with Beth Vrabel about "Pack of Dorks."

Archaeologists Find Oldest Known Case Of Down Syndrome

LiveScience | Joseph Castro | Posted 07.10.2014 | Science

The earliest probable case of Down syndrome in the archaeological record comes from a 5- to 7-year-old child who lived in medieval France some 1,500 y...

Photographer Rick Ashley: Altering Perceptions Through Portraiture

Jason Landry | Posted 06.29.2014 | Arts
Jason Landry

What if the reason art is not seen isn't because it's controversial, but because the people that are making these decisions -- the museum and gallery curators, find it distasteful and somewhat tough to look at?

Love Someone and Say It Out Loud

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 05.28.2014 | Good News
Kathleen Buckstaff

What if I did this with my teen-something boys? What if I did this with my best-girlfriends? With my Dad? With his new wife? My mother-in-law? My father-in-law? My 20-something daughter? What if I let myself be bold and open and in love?

WATCH: Mom's Photos Smash Stereotypes Of Down Syndrome

HuffPost Live | Posted 02.10.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

When Chicago blogger Katie Driscoll learned that her fetus carried the chromosome for Down syndrome, she quickly realized that unfair stereotypes of t...

The 6-Letter Word Parents Need To Stop Using

www.upworthy.com | Posted 01.05.2014 | Parents

This poem was written for my son....

Why Down Syndrome Doesn't Define My Son

Christie Taylor | Posted 10.18.2013 | TED Weekends
Christie Taylor

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWhen the lady with the blue folder walked in my room, I instinctively knew that folder she held in her hand was full of definitions, statistics and medical jargon. Wasn't being told your child had Down syndrome enough to process for one day?

How My Children Have Helped Me Become Perfectly Human

Andi Sligh | Posted 12.13.2013 | Parents
Andi Sligh

When I became a mom, I thought my job was to mold and shape my children into their best selves. To my surprise, my children have molded and shaped me.

Don't Expect Much

Olivia Rosewood | Posted 11.06.2013 | Parents
Olivia Rosewood

As the parent of a differently abled child, this release of expectation has changed the way I parent, and it has released me from the shackles of expectation -- shackles I didn't even know I had. Every day is a new day, every day is a surprise.

Experimental Down Syndrome Treatment Gets Big Thumbs Up In New Study

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 09.05.2013 | Science

There's still no cure for Down syndrome, but recent research is raising hopes that drugs can be found to counter the cognitive deficit that characteri...

A World Without Bullies

John M. Simmons | Posted 06.23.2013 | Parents
John M. Simmons

They wield unprecedented power as their thumbs blaze across screens torturing their victims one electronic letter and picture at a time. Bullies destroy lives and they need to be stopped. I say that, and not without hope. You see, I have found an oasis that is all but free from bullying.

The Moment I Learned My Daughter Had Down Syndrome

Parenting.com | Posted 05.21.2013 | Parents
Parenting.com

My initial fears have been replaced with the glorious reality that having a child with Down syndrome is not the end of the world but rather the beginning of an inspiring experience.

We Didn't Run Away

Amy Julia Becker | Posted 11.10.2012 | Parents
Amy Julia Becker

I didn't want to run away from Penny. I wanted to run away from everyone else.