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Dogs in Asia: Doctors Not Dinner

Jill Robinson | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Jill Robinson

In a continent where dogs are often regarded as food, a change in attitude is palpable as the science behind the healing powers of canine therapy is being embraced by animal lovers and doctors alike.

The Inspirational Story of Nolan's Sweet Heat

Reghan Conrey | Posted 09.15.2014 | Teen
Reghan Conrey

Nolan Stillwell. CEO, avid gardener, talented chef, and beacon of hope. Nolan has Down Syndrome, but there is nothing "disabled" about this hardworking, motivated young man.

How My Mother And I Are Handling Her Alzheimer's Diagnosis

Mardra Sikora | Posted 09.13.2014 | Fifty
Mardra Sikora

My mother is a character from a Tennessee Williams play... but without a Southern accent. I am her second child and was born when she was 16 years old. Her childhood was cut short and never spoken of in a way that imparted a sense of safety or innocence. Each man she ran away with she hoped would rescue her from the last. She gave up every child she bore to some degree.

No, Actually, It's Not OK For My Son To Lick You

Lisa Eicher | Posted 09.11.2014 | Parents
Lisa Eicher

The thing is, I can say with great certainty that if Archie had been a typical child, she would not have even looked twice. In fact, she may have even thought, too bad, punk. But because Archie has Down syndrome, in her mind, he needed to be let off the hook. Um, no.

What Are You Going to Do When He Grows Up?

Mardra Sikora | Posted 09.09.2014 | Parents
Mardra Sikora

There are times he comes out to tell you "the man helped me." With the sink, with the paper towels, with the door. Never a concern on his face. Never a problem breathed.

Five Extra-Special Young People Share Their Lives With the World in The Specials Reality Show

Brian Horn | Posted 09.03.2014 | Entertainment
Brian Horn

The series chronicles four years in the lives of five young adults, ages 19 through 23. What makes this so "special" is that these five young people all have intellectual disabilities.

Bartender Builds Charity for People with Special Needs, One T-Shirt at a Time

Brian Horn | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Brian Horn

What if your next T-shirt could provide joy and financial support to an individual with special needs? What if that same T-shirt could inspire confidence and a sense of accomplishment for an adult worker with special needs? A Phoenix area bartender created a charity that does just this.

An Awesome Life Lesson From My Son With Down Syndrome: Friends and New Beginnings

John M. Simmons | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
John M. Simmons

In Jack's mind, you never lose friends, you just don't see them outside of your own mind as much as you used to. And to my son, that is the beauty of life. You just keep adding more and more friends. It never ends!

At 48, 'Life Goes On' Actor Reflects On The Message Behind His Success

OWN | Posted 08.25.2014 | OWN

Long before Lauren Potter stole the show on "Glee" as Becky, the sharp-tongued cheerleader with Down syndrome, a different actor had changed the way t...

Defending My Son's Life to Richard Dawkins

Mardra Sikora | Posted 08.21.2014 | Parents
Mardra Sikora

I'm not telling any parent what they can or can't, should or shouldn't do. I'm telling Richard Dawkins he's wrong to make that blanket statement as well. Sadly, more wrong than I believe he has the capacity to know. But I wouldn't deny him life because of it.

Teens With Down Syndrome Earn Spot As Team Captains

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 08.14.2014 | Sports

Two Texas teens with Down syndrome had the night of their lives last Friday, when the best friends were named honorary team captains for their high sc...

Yes, My Adult Son with Down Syndrome Lives at Home

Mardra Sikora | Posted 08.11.2014 | Parents
Mardra Sikora

The first thing you should know is this: My son Marcus is an adult with Down syndrome and he lives with us, not because he has to, but because we want to live together.

Why I Am Not Touching the Story About the Abandoned Baby With Down syndrome

Meriah Nichols | Posted 08.07.2014 | Impact
Meriah Nichols

Now, I don't know what is true or not. I think there are three people in this world that know exactly what happened there and unfortunately, they are not issuing a joint statement.

Mystery Of Prehistoric 'Hobbit' May Have Been Solved

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 08.06.2014 | Science

Were scientists all wrong about prehistoric "hobbits?" When researchers unearthed fragments of several ancient skeletons on the small Indonesian is...

Givers, Fakers & Fair Weather Colleagues

MaryEllen Tribby | Posted 08.04.2014 | Business
MaryEllen Tribby

I was told the following story the other evening and I was so touched I needed to share this narrative with you . . . A few years ago, at the Seattle...

How Strangers Are Giving A Little Girl With Down Syndrome 'A Real Chance In The Real World

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 07.31.2014 | Parents

Some kids will come up with any excuse to avoid class, but for one little girl, starting school was particularly special. Lily, a 2-year-old diagno...

How I Regained Perspective On Life and Parenthood

Lisa Corbett | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Lisa Corbett

It is so easy, given the immediacy of young children and their myriad requirements, to get bogged down in the small stuff.

Abuse Against Disabled Children -- Courts Allow It

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 09.14.2014 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

Some people support corporal punishment in schools. These people think physical discipline is the only discipline that works on some children. However, virtually everyone can agree physical discipline should not be used against disabled children.

7 Ways Congregations Can Embrace People With Disabilities

David Briggs | Posted 09.14.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

The larger society may be moving forward in its understanding and inclusion of people with disabilities. But the above stories reported in a study of more than 400 parents of children with special needs illustrates how far behind many religious congregations are in this effort.

What If She Lives With Us Forever?

Ellen Stumbo | Posted 09.06.2014 | Parents
Ellen Stumbo

What I once feared so much is something I now would welcome with open arms. I enjoy my daughter, and the thought of having her around makes me smile.

LA's Most Mindbending Summer Event

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 06.27.2014 | Impact

Musicians, masked Mexican wrestlers, mad scientists and Moth storytellers are coming together in Los Angeles for one of the summer's most mind-melting...

Looking Forward, Giving Back: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

Included, Everyone

Rachel Adams | Posted 08.18.2014 | Education
Rachel Adams

My son Henry, who has Down syndrome, goes to a school dedicated to inclusion, where students of many levels of ability learn together, and learning how to get along is considered an essential part of their education.

My Two Kids With Down Syndrome and I Found a Place to Be a "Typical" Family

Stephanie A. Pratico | Posted 08.17.2014 | Impact
Stephanie A. Pratico

When my son and daughter were both born with Down syndrome, I knew the likelihood of receiving even one college acceptance letter may not be a reality. But the day John received his letter of acceptance from the Special Olympics I experienced the equivalent.

How I Chose a Path Full of Hope and Potential for My Intellectually Disabled Son

TJ Nelligan | Posted 08.16.2014 | Impact
TJ Nelligan

As a parent of a child with an intellectual disability, I have seen so many of my peers go down a road of despair and disappointment as they contemplate the future. The Special Olympics allowed me to choose a path filled with hope and potential.