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Down Syndrome

A Bedtime Story About Handicaps

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 11.26.2014 | Good News
Elaine Ambrose

That night the little girl cuddled in bed, not knowing or caring that she has changed so many people. But she slept peacefully without regret or worry. And she woke the next morning to share her healing hugs all over again.

Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities

Daniel Noltemeyer | Posted 11.20.2014 | Impact
Daniel Noltemeyer

I want to show the world that people with disabilities much more like everyone else than many realize. I want to focus on ABILITIES!

The Importance of Someone "Like Me" in the Movies

Mardra Sikora | Posted 11.19.2014 | Entertainment
Mardra Sikora

It is exciting to see a few examples of people with Down syndrome making it to the "Big Screen."

Q&A with Romance Novelist Catherine Avril Morris About Her Rose Quartz Series

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted 11.14.2014 | Books
Mary Pauline Lowry

Marry Me Twice and Cassidy's Daddy, the first two novels in the Rose Quartz Series by romance novelist Catherine Avril Morris, were just released in September.

'Real Prettiness' Project Showcases Individuals With Down Syndrome As They Wish To Be Seen

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 11.11.2014 | Arts

Germany-based photographer Dai Lyn Power, aka Linda Dajana Krüger, recently sent us a series of photographs from her stunning new project titled "Rea...

In Five Days

Suzie Skougard | Posted 11.10.2014 | Parents
Suzie Skougard

I love the way she coos, and the way she smiles a goofy, mouth-wide open grin. In five days, I will be handing her over to a team of pediatric surgeons. They will cut open her chest and, provided all goes well, they will repair her heart.

Global Down Syndrome Foundation Inspires With Be Beautiful Be Yourself

Tracy Shaffer | Posted 11.05.2014 | Impact
Tracy Shaffer

There was such a spirit of joy, of connectedness and hope at the Be Beautiful, Be Yourself Fashion Show. The outpouring of love was reflected in an outpouring of support as a wonderfully executed live and lively auction brought out cheerful givers, open hearts and open pocketbooks.

I Never Knew I Wanted A Child With Down Syndrome

Meriah Nichols | Posted 11.03.2014 | Parents
Meriah Nichols

I wondered if I would lay claim to those words -- not just string them together, but lay claim to their meaning. Lay claim not just to my daughter, but to her extra chromosome. Because cognitive disability was hard for me. Very, very hard.

This Man Ditched Wall Street To Start A Business That Hires People With Disabilities

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.30.2014 | Impact

Ben Wright began seeing the world differently when his two youngest children were born with Down syndrome. He realized educational and career oppo...

What One Man With Down Syndrome Wants You to Understand

Mardra Sikora | Posted 10.30.2014 | Parents
Mardra Sikora

He surprised me, as he has before and doubtless will again, when he intuitively knew more about the situation than I shared. He looked across the table and said, in his way, "Maken understand."

Down Syndrome: Poetry, Painting, Perspective

L.L. Barkat | Posted 10.24.2014 | Books
L.L. Barkat

The words, the images, speak for themselves, though they cannot speak for all those who live with Down syndrome. Still. It might be about how we perceive, what we choose to value, if we can live with and even see the beauty of asymmetry.

The Work Of Late Outsider Artist Judith Scott Sheds Light On Living With Disabilities

AP | ULA ILNYTZKY | Posted 10.24.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — Institutionalized for more than three decades and largely deaf and mute, Judith Scott found her voice through art, forming intricate...

Fostering Equality and Opportunity for Those With Developmental Disabilities

Robert A. DeLeo | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Robert A. DeLeo

Tomorrow legislative leaders will join Governor Patrick at Fenway Park to celebrate the passage of three bills, including one which enacts the ABLE provision. This component has the potential to transform life for families with children with autism and other disabilities.

A Disney Princess with Down Syndrome. Could It Work?

Suzie Skougard | Posted 10.20.2014 | Parents
Suzie Skougard

There is a petition sweeping the Internet asking Disney to incorporate a protagonist with Down syndrome, but there is a backlash brewing even within the special needs community asking, is it necessary?

Does Study of Down Syndrome Hold a Possible Cancer Cure?

Joaquin M. Espinosa | Posted 10.15.2014 | Science
Joaquin M. Espinosa

Remarkably, people with Down syndrome have an increased incidence of leukemia but a much lower incidence of solid tissue tumors. What is it about the extra copy of chromosome 21 that protects them from solid tumors but predisposes them to blood cancers?

Down Syndrome: Jack and I Want You to Be Aware

John M. Simmons | Posted 10.13.2014 | Parents
John M. Simmons

People who have Down syndrome are just like the rest of us in that they don't want to be viewed as different. They want their identifiers to be those of brother, son, daughter and friend (perhaps even husband or wife), rather than a genetic condition.

Hockey Player Makes 'Dream Come True' For Young Fan Who Has Down Syndrome

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 10.11.2014 | Good News

For one young fan, this hockey player just proved that he's as much of a superstar off the ice as he is on. In early September, Ann Schaab, a fourt...

As a Mother of a Son With Down Syndrome I Would Vote for More Acceptance

Kari Wagner-Peck | Posted 10.03.2014 | Parents
Kari Wagner-Peck

For the first time ever, my son had ordered his own meal and was understood. As the three of us sat at the table basking in his moment, I noticed my son's attention was drawn to the table behind us. First, he was smiling and then he wasn't. He was frowning.

Beyond Awareness: National Down Syndrome Acceptance Month

Meriah Nichols | Posted 10.01.2014 | Impact
Meriah Nichols

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month here in the United States. I'm personally not out to promote awareness anymore, because we are there already. We are aware that people with Down syndrome are the same as people without.

How Not To Compliment My Son's Appearance

Lisa Eicher | Posted 11.26.2014 | Parents
Lisa Eicher

I can't count the number of times I have been told that Archie "hardly even looks like he has Down syndrome."

I Won't Let My Daughter With Down Syndrome Be Defined By A 'List'

Deanna Smith | Posted 11.25.2014 | Parents
Deanna Smith

When my daughter was diagnosed with Down syndrome, I was given a list. A list of potential features and problems to expect. This list is cold, emotionless and almost comes across as grotesque if you are reading it with fear already in your heart.

According to Jenkins, Best to Keep a Person With Down Syndrome at Home

Mardra Sikora | Posted 11.22.2014 | Parents
Mardra Sikora

Ethan Saylor's death was a homicide. Had there not been a three against one altercation, he would not be dead. The fact that the loss of this young man's life did not spark outrage and a thorough investigation from an outside party was at first suspect, and now depressingly obvious, and it comes down from the leadership of the Frederick County Sheriff's department.

Dogs in Asia: Doctors Not Dinner

Jill Robinson | Posted 11.15.2014 | 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 11.15.2014 | 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 11.13.2014 | 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.