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Down Syndrome

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 07.15.2014 | 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 07.15.2014 | 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 07.07.2014 | 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 06.23.2014 | 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 06.18.2014 | 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 06.17.2014 | 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 06.16.2014 | 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.

Why We Put This Little Girl On Our Magazine's Cover

Sasha Emmons | Posted 06.10.2014 | Parents
Sasha Emmons

You would never know this kid struggles with heart problems and has been through three eye surgeries. Sitting on our set, clapping her hands and bobbing to Pharrell's "Happy," she was the picture of pure glee.

The First Time I Said 'My Daughter Has Down Syndrome'

HuffPost Live | Posted 06.04.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Tara McCallon can remember the first time she ever articulated that her daughter had down syndrome. She was in the hospital gift shop, waiting for ...

Supreme Court Finally Takes Big Step In Putting An End To The 'R Word'

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact

A recent Supreme Court ruling may only help a few inmates on death row, but the wording of the decision could have an immeasurable impact on anyone wi...

Saying Goodbye to Class

John M. Simmons | Posted 06.03.2014 | Parents
John M. Simmons

My son wasn't very old when we realized that one of his greatest talents was to be able to make people feel loved and happy. When that is combined with people who like to see Jack feel loved and happy, magic happens.

My Daughter With Down Syndrome Is so Beautiful I Decided the World Should See

Tara McCallan | Posted 06.04.2014 | Impact
Tara McCallan

Differences are what gave me confidence when I had to proudly show her off with a feeding tube, tiny eye contacts, little baby glasses and eye patches.

Lauren Potter of Glee: Down Syndrome Couldn't Keep Me From Following My Dreams

Lauren Potter | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Lauren Potter

As a girl who has accomplished things that many didn't think were possible, I know that people can be wrong when they judge someone else just because they are different.

David Lohr

New Charges For Parents Convicted Of Starving Daughter In Cage

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 05.28.2014 | Crime

A Virginia couple who allegedly kept their mentally disabled 6-year-old daughter in a makeshift cage, covered in her own feces, have been charged with...

Albert Pujols and the End to Down Syndrome Bullying

Kai Sato | Posted 07.23.2014 | Impact
Kai Sato

This one presented a unique opportunity for all of us to contribute, without ever having to spend a nickel: We can help protect people with Down syndrome from being bullied.

7 Awesome Life Lessons My Son With Down Syndrome Taught Me

John M. Simmons | Posted 07.21.2014 | Parents
John M. Simmons

Jack was fragile. He would require open heart surgery by the time he was 6-months-old. Any of us would have done anything to make him well, but there was nothing we could do. As I recalled our five months together, I realized that there were no regrets. That was the first lesson Jack taught me.

WATCH: Man With Down Syndrome Sings National Anthem For Red Sox

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 05.07.2014 | Good News

Many people dream of singing the national anthem at a major sports event, but few can do it with a spirit rivaling Michael Mullins. Mullins, a 38-y...

How Can This Be You?

Amy Julia Becker | Posted 06.29.2014 | Parents
Amy Julia Becker

When the doctors said the words "Down syndrome," you wondered if she would be beautiful. You wondered if people would pity your family. You wondered if you would be able to sustain your ferocious love for her.

5 Business Lessons from a Little Boy with Down Syndrome

Brian Horn | Posted 06.24.2014 | Business
Brian Horn

Kids can be some of the best teachers, even when it comes to business. My son has been no exception to that rule, despite the fact that he has a learning disability.

To The Troll Who Called My Son Ugly

Megan Davies Mennes | Posted 06.21.2014 | Parents
Megan Davies Mennes

This will not be the last time someone discounts my son because he is different. It will not be the last time someone makes a joke at his expense, but to actively seek out actual people to tease goes beyond cruel. It's inhuman.

Student With Down Syndrome's Reaction To Getting Into College Makes Us Want To High-Five Him

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 04.16.2014 | Good News

For many high school seniors, there is one coveted piece of mail that has the power to change lives -- a college acceptance or rejection letter. N...

Childhood Sweethearts With Down Syndrome To Finally Tie The Knot

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Zaslow | Posted 04.07.2014 | Good News

Austin Wayne Underwood and Jessica Smith, from Fort Worth, Texas, are both in their mid-30s and both have Down syndrome -- in fact, that's what brough...

We Are Pro-Information About Down Syndrome

Nicolino Di Benedetto | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Nicolino Di Benedetto

Sitting in the hospital, we were left to sort through the questions, "What is Down syndrome? What does this mean for him? For our family? For us? Where is our family headed?"