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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 04.02.2014 | 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?"

Over the Rainbow: Your Life's Purpose

Sue Shanahan | Posted 03.26.2014 | Good News
Sue Shanahan

What is a calling? It is different from your talents? Your gifts, personality, and brain power are all part of the intricacies of your soul, set in place to help support your life's purpose.

50 Countries Unite To Fight Medical Discrimination Against People With Down Syndrome

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 03.21.2014 | Impact

Friday marks World Down Syndrome Day, giving advocates the opportunity to celebrate the lives of people with the condition, and also to push for equal...

This Kind of Love

International Down Syndrome Coalition | Posted 03.20.2014 | Impact
International Down Syndrome Coalition

This kind of love is what many of us dreamed about, it fills us up, it leaves no doubt. And this kind of love is why we are standing here. We cannot get enough of this kind of love!

When We Allow Their Light to Shine, a Movement Is Created

Marla Murasko | Posted 03.07.2014 | Parents
Marla Murasko

What does the quote "Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder" mean? For me it means "equality, inclusion." For me it means everyone has the right to be equally included and represented in the advertising world.

'Imagine All The People'

Christi Guthrie | Posted 03.07.2014 | Impact
Christi Guthrie

Here we are March 2014 approaching World Down Syndrome Awareness Day and I am excited to see all of the great strides the community is making in terms...

I Am the Person You Hurt When You Say the R-Word

John Franklin Stephens | Posted 03.05.2014 | Impact
John Franklin Stephens

You don't have to aim the word directly at me to hurt me and millions of others like me who live with an intellectual disability.

What Really Happens When You Use the R-Word

John C. McGinley | Posted 03.05.2014 | Impact
John C. McGinley

When employing this specific language, the objective is to separate and distinguish the "user" from those being "used."

Dads' Biological Clocks: The Risks Are Huge. Or Are They?

Paul Raeburn | Posted 03.03.2014 | Parents
Paul Raeburn

It might come as a relief to some women that they are not alone with respect to these difficult decisions. But is that reason to cheer?

To The Woman Who Apologized To Me At The Supermarket

Rachael Clarke | Posted 02.27.2014 | Parents
Rachael Clarke

I wanted to tell you that you didn't have to apologize, that nothing had gone wrong. The man had been kind, expressed joy in seeing my daughter. He had wanted to make her smile, and he'd succeeded. There's no being sorry for that.

Monique Ruffin: My Third Metric Life

Monique Ruffin | Posted 02.25.2014 | Women
Monique Ruffin

My son's smile is brighter than sunshine, and when he flashes it I sometimes feel like I've hit the lottery.

Intellectually Disabled Struggling To Find Work

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 02.17.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans with intellectual or developmental disabilities remain shut out of the workforce, despite changing attitudes and bi...

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...

What to Do When Your Team Loses the Super Bowl

John M. Simmons | Posted 04.05.2014 | Parents
John M. Simmons

Jack sobbed the tears that Peyton Manning would have like to for several minutes before his mother told him to come and give her a hug. After a while, he calmed down. He took off his jersey and reverently folded it.

Toddler With Down Syndrome Proves What Makes You Different Is What Makes You Beautiful

The Huffington Post | Megan Griffo | Posted 02.02.2014 | Good News

Tara McCallan wants her little girl to know that different is beautiful. Her 1-year-old daughter, Pip, has Down syndrome. Pip and her 2-year-old br...

Obama Gives a Simple and Compelling State of the Union Speech

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

It was a speech mainly geared to the base of the party and reinforced the reasons many of us believe it is crucial that we elect more Democrats. But it was also a speech to the middle class about moderation and how the government can help people.

When A 4-Year-Old With Down Syndrome Couldn't Find Fitted Clothes, Her Grandma Started A Fashion Line

The Huffington Post | Megan Griffo | Posted 01.28.2014 | Good News

"I can't believe I'm making a difference," Karen Bowersox says, "all with a pair of jeans." The 65-year-old is the founder of Downs Designs, a comp...

Why I Don't Usually Talk About Our Adoption

Kari Wagner-Peck | Posted 03.23.2014 | Parents
Kari Wagner-Peck

You want to know what people really think about kids with Down syndrome? Tell someone you're thinking of getting one.

Join the Down Syndrome Day Kick Off With the International Down Syndrome Coalition

International Down Syndrome Coalition | Posted 03.10.2014 | Impact
International Down Syndrome Coalition

Hearing the words that your child has a diagnosis of Down syndrome can be an incredibly isolating and terrifying experience. Many parents find that they feel alone, scared and without a support system of people that can understand their path.

My Son With Special Needs Taught Me More About Education Than I Learned in 7 Years as a Teacher

Megan Davies Mennes | Posted 02.28.2014 | Parents
Megan Davies Mennes

I can't single-handedly change education in this country, but I can teach my students to think for themselves, embrace their diverse skills, and encourage them to value learning simply for the sake of knowledge, not as some precursor to vocational wealth.

This Young Man With Down Syndrome Just Got Into College.. His Reaction Will Make Your Day

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 12.18.2013 | Good News

Rion Holcombe is going to college! Two weeks ago, the 20-year-old with Down syndrome received his acceptance letter to a program at Clemson Univers...

How I Told My 7-Year-Old Son He Has Down Syndrome

Kari Wagner-Peck | Posted 02.10.2014 | Parents
Kari Wagner-Peck

I am feeling my way here in a world that does not provide a manual for how you tell your kid they have Down syndrome.

Straight from the Heart: Fostering Joy

Patty Boles | Posted 02.04.2014 | Impact
Patty Boles

Little did we realize that our desire for another child would come true 10 times. Or that we would care for over 100 sick and medically fragile babies.