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The Power of the Alpha Mom Network by Lynda Christel

Colten turned 5 years old in April, which meant “Hooray honey, you’re going to kindergarten.” My husband and I were excited, but a bit in the dark about the whole process to get him there. We attended the Special Education and IEP (Individualized Education Program) training classes from the school district. We were ready because, frankly, it would be a [...]

One New Parent’s Journey by Karen Szilagyi

On an afternoon in August 2007, I had my first contraction. Everything happened pretty quickly after that. One hour and 45 minutes after that first contraction, our son arrived! And our life changed. I had all the fancy testing done during my pregnancy, and the odds of having a child with Down syndrome was 1 in 4000. But, for some [...]

Meet Joaquin

Angela and Cesar first heard about the Down Syndrome Network when they were in the process of determining the official diagnosis for their soon-to-be-born son Joaquin.“We were looking for local resources about Down syndrome online and we found the Down Syndrome Network,” Angela said. Since becoming part of the Down Syndrome Network, Angela and Cesar said the organization has [...]

Meet Chad

 Ever since getting involved with the Down Syndrome Network at least a decade ago, Chad and his mother Vickie have enjoy taking part in many of the programs, both together and separately. For Chad, he especially enjoys being part of the young adult group, as well as the chance to meet new friends and participate in activities geared for [...]

Meet Beth

Beth, who will turn 50 in September, lives with her sister Sarah, who has been Beth’s guardian and caregiver ever since their elderly parents passed away. The two have found friendship, support and plenty of enjoyable activities and programs through the Down Syndrome Network. “I feel it is just as important for Beth to affiliate with her peers as [...]

Leia Really is a Princess by Taylor Schroeder

An essay on tolerance by Taylor Schroeder, Grade 11. “Retard! She must be retarded,” the boys taunted. Their messy blonde hair flopped up and down as they jumped down the Mount Everest-like steps of the bus. I kneeled down, catching the little girl emerging from the bus in my arms and squeezed her tight. Her high-pitched laugh echoed through the [...]

How Jake is the Perfect Gentleman by Michele Lipovitch

Something about my Jakey that makes me feel really proud is his display of good manners.  Sometimes it just blows me away!  His two typical brothers could learn a thing or two from him in regards to being polite, being a gentleman, and also being responsible.  Here is what he does that makes my heart smile... Often times when [...]

Before I was aware of what Down syndrome would mean to me

In honor of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, by Karen Szilagyi I was not aware I would have a baby with Down syndrome until he arrived I was not aware of the unconditional love you have for your children no matter how many chromosomes they have I was not aware that he would be so cute I was not aware that [...]

ABC15 Arizona interviews DAD

This is the full unedited interview with Chris Bowden about the controversy surrounding Gilbert man from LuLaRoe, who in a sales video appears to mock people with special needs. This video was taken by an amateur who was there during the interview. Click here to see story that aired on ABC15 Arizona