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Sisters working together to add beauty to the world (June 2017)

Designs make wheelchairs a work of art

sisters with winning wheelchair designs

 


 

Take the Pledge Show Respect (March 2017)

Spread the Word to End the Word

Spread the Word to End the Word

 


 

Nike (March 2017)

Nike Improves Shoe Accessibility

Nike shoe



Thank you Ed Roberts (January 2017)

Google Doodle Honors Disability Activist Ed Roberts

Google Doodle Ed Roberts

 


 

The importance of SCOTUS (October 2016)

A Girl and Her Service Dog Head to the Supreme Court

Ehlena and her dog Wonder

 


 

What do you think about Inspiration Porn? (August 2016)

How to Avoid Inspiration Porn When Talking About Disability

 


 

You can't Google who your kid is going to be (September 2015)

To the New Parents Googling Their Baby's Down Syndrome Diagnosis

 


 

From my home state of Delaware (August 2015)

Gap Model is Delaware Girl with Down Syndrome

model kayla kosmalski

 


 

Way to go Nike (July 2015)

Nike Unveils Shoes for People with Special Needs

Lebron James and FlyEase inspiration

 


 

Good news from my current home state (July 2015)

New Law Eliminates R-word from Indiana Code

 


 

Admirable courage and love among siblings (July 2015)

When I Stood Up To My Drill Instructor About Using the R-word

brothers hugging

 


 

More employment opportunities for those with disabilities - including modeling (July 2015)

This Amazing Model with Down Syndrome Just Scored Her First Ad Campaign

madeline stuart

 


 

Some people may not understand this line of thinking, but I do (May 2015)

5 Things That Matter More to me Than How Smart My Children Are

 


 

Inclusion in art galleries (May 2015)

Do Touch the Artwork at Prado's Exhibit for the Blind

man touching a 3d image of the Mona Lisa

 


 

Movie Featuring an Actor with Down Syndrome Set to Release (May 2015)

Where Hope Grows

Actor David DeSanctis

 


 

More sibling lessons and love - this time in the sport of golf (April 2015)

Jordan Spieth's biggest prize for winning the Masters - telling his sister he won

jordan speith and his siblings

 


 

In honor of World Down Syndrome Day, 3/21, take the pledge to spread the word to end the word

Take the Pledge: r-word.org

and enjoy these beautiful faces (March 2015)

21 Beautiful Faces of Down Syndrome From Around the World

Juliana

 


 

Compassion and Humanity - from Rock Stars (March 2015)

What Adam Levine Did For a Boy With Down Syndrome Will Make You a Fan

maroon five with boy with down syndrome

 


 

Wow - Isn't this family lucky! (March 2015

This family won the Trisomy 21 Lottery - three times

three siblings with Down syndrome

 


 

Great to see the media with more variety (January 2015)

Super Bowl Ad Features Girl With Down Syndrome

girl with down syndrome in super bowl ad

 


 

A mother making a difference for her daughter and more (January 2015):

Sweet education on Down syndrome is the icing on the cupcake

Cristina with cupcakes at her mother's bakery named after her

 


 

Police officers including and understanding people with disabilities (December 2014):

Roanoke City Police see success teaming with special needs cadets

Roanoke City Police with cadets with special needs


 

Inspiration with technology (November 2014):

Man With Down Syndrome Inspires Using Technology

Man with Down syndrome instructing students

 


 

Basketball star Elena Delle Donne shares her experience with bullying and the inspiration she gets from her sister with a disability (October 2014):

No One Should Have to Go Through the Bullying That I Did

elena delle donne

 


 

A physician shares the impact his brother with Down syndrome continues to have on his life (October 2014)

October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month

brothers then and now

Brothers then...and brothers now.

 


 

Great way to celebrate a birthday (September 2014):

Avril Lavigne Kicks Off Fundraising Campaign to Support Special Olympics

Avril Lavigne

 


 

Actor has a child with Down syndrome and an important message (August 2014):

John C. McGinley's message for health care providers

John C McGinley with son

 


 

Great video by John Legend (July 2014):

John Legend's "You and I (Nobody in the world)" Video Will Make You Hug Your Mother, Wife, Daughter

mother and daughter from John Legend You and I video


 

Some helpful tips (June 2014):

10 Things You Should Never Say to a Mother of a Child with Down Syndrome

mom and baby


 

A story of true friendship (June 2014):

Clemson commit Kelly Bryant and Special Olympics Athlete: 'They've crossed every boundary.'

Kelly and Tanner in the pool

 


 

Stanley Cup winning coach has a warmer side too (June 2014):

LA Kings Coach Darryl Sutter opens up about his son with Down Syndrome

LA Kings Head Coach Darryl Sutter


 

Lauren Potter working hard to live her dreams (June 2014):

I'm Taking a Stand to Make My Difference in the World

Acress Lauren Potter from Glee

 


 

Thanks to Team Hoyt for the memories and the inspiration (April 2014):

One Last Boston Marathon For Legendary Father-Son Team

Team Hoyt father and son

 


 

Filmmaker Chris Dowling, "...the only limitation that people with Down syndrome have are the ones we put on them." (April 2014):

Dallas Filmmaker on Accidentally Writing a Story About Down Syndrome

two lead actors from movie Produce

 


 

Great video of Dayton's Devin Oliver - a talented basketball player with wonderful parents and a special sister (March 2014):

Dayton's Devin Miller Shares Special Bond With Younger Sister Miya

Devin Miller playing basketball with his sister Miya

 


 

Great work in the advertising industry with ChangingTheFaceOfBeauty.org (March 2014):

Mom Aims To Make Advertising More Inclusive

mom and child

 


 

Great piece on the r-word by WNBA star and Delaware native Elena Delle Donne (March 2014):

Let's Pledge To Respect People Like My Sister

Elena Delle Donne with Special Olympic Athletes

 


 

Social media can be a good thing when it leads to stories like this one (Feb. 2014):

Viral Video Leads To Deal For Teen With Down Syndrome

and then:

Teen With Down Syndrome To Play For Harlem Globetrotters

Kevin Grow and 76ers teammmates

 


 

Sisters bonding and making a difference - one person at a time (Feb. 2014):

Pageant Sisters: Campaigning Against the "R" Word

Pageant sisters

 


 

Former Iowa defensive back Matt Bowen learned so much more than football from his coach Norm Parker (Jan. 2014):

Norm Parker Saved My Life

Matt Bowen and his son

 


 

What does what we think is beautiful say about us? (Jan. 2014):

Fashion Photographer Focuses On Those With Genetic Conditions To Reframe Beauty

Photo of girl

 


 

A Grandmother finds love in her new work (Jan. 2014):

This Grandmother Started A Fashion Line For People With Down Syndrome

Grandmother with granddaughter

 


 

Good explanation of why presumed competence should be the Golden Rule, the Prime Directive or Square One especially in relation to education by Rob Rummel-Hudson (Jan. 2014):

On Competency and Agency

 


 

Great news from sports writer Paul Daugherty - his daughter is getting married (Dec. 2013):

Jillian the Magnificent is Getting Married

 


 

Dan Aykroyd shows that different is not bad (Dec. 2013):

Dan Aykroyd Reveals He Has Asperger and Tourette's

Dan Aykroyd

 


 

Seeing opportunities not obstacles (Dec. 2013):

Manager Motivates Penn State's Men's Basketball Team

 


Great show of spontaneous connecting and giving (Dec. 2013):

Zach Randolph Gives Lucky Fan The Shirt Off His Back During Grizzlies Game

zach randolph and fan

 


 

Animals are amazing (Nov. 2013):

Canine Named "Dog of the Year" for Helping Boy With Autism

xena_and_owner_with_autism

 


 

Actor with Down Syndrome in new movie (Nov. 2013):

Young Man With Down Syndrome in New Movie "Produce" Due Out in 2014

actor_in_scene

 


 

Katy Perry creates a special night at the AMA (Nov. 2013):

Teen With Down Syndrome Walks Red Carpet With Katy Perry

 


 

High school talent show singer gets a surprise on stage (Nov. 2013):

Darius Rucker Makes Surprise Appearance to Sing With High School Talent Show Entrant Frankie Antonelli

 


 

#InspiredBy from NBC's Savannah Guthrie - her Uncle Pierre (Nov. 2013):

NBC's Savannah Guthrie's Inspiration

 


 

Runner with Down syndrome and his friend run the New York City Marathon together. What amazing things we can accomplish interdependently (Nov. 2013):

First runner with Down syndrome finishes NYC Marathon

marathon_running_partners

 


 

Making art accessible to more visitors around the country and the world (Oct. 2013):

Welcoming Art Lovers With Disabilities

at_a_museum

 


 

Teddy Kremer, a young man with Down syndrome, gets a baseball yard with the Cincinnati Reds in the latest update series (Oct. 2013):

2103 Topps Update Series: Teddy Kremer baseball card

teddy_kremer_baseball_card

 


 

A mom shares some ideas for how to ask questions (Oct. 2013):

How To Ask Questions About My Child With Special Needs

 


 

Will and Kate accept painting by an artist with Down syndrome for Prince George (Sept. 2013):

Will and Kate Fight Stigma Against Down Syndrome in Beautiful Way

painting to will and kate

 


 

Kids with disabilities can do amazing things like this young man (March 2013):

Oregon teen is first person with Down syndrome to reach Mount Everest base camp

oregon teen reaches mount everest base camp

 


 

Having a child with Down syndrome may come as a surprise, but it’s a good experience, families are reporting in a trio of new surveys (Sept. 2011):

Down Syndrome Study Finds Families are Happy

 


 

My Press

Monday Coffee and Other Stories of Mothering Children with Special Needs guest blog (May 2015):

Boxes

boxes

 

Monday Coffee and Other Stories of Mothering Children with Special Needs guest blog (December 2014):

Reflection

reflection

 


 

Monday Coffee and Other Stories of Mothering Children with Special Needs guest blog (April 2014):

No Off Button

off button

 


 

I was in the cast of the Listen to Your Mother Northwest Indiana show (May 2014):

Listen To Your Mother NW Indiana 2014, Deborah Leigh Norman reading "Departing Holland"

LTYM logo 2014

 


 

Monday Coffee and Other Stories of Mothering Children with Special Needs guest blog (Oct. 2013):

Keep Calm

keep calm

 


 

World Down Syndrome Day - Journal Gazette (Oct. 2012):

World Down Syndrome Day