Let’s Write this DOWN!

Departing Holland By Deborah Leigh Norman

When my second son was born two months early and later diagnosed with Down syndrome, somewhere in the flurry of reading I consumed, I came across the poem “Welcome to Holland” by Emily Perl Kingsley. Ms. Kingsley describes having a child with a disability like going on a trip to

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Reflections on Jaz by Jill Pearns

I am the mother of 3 very different and unique sons. Each of my boys has different looks, different builds, different personalities, different strengths and challenges. They each have different dreams as well as ambitions. It has never been a boring household, for sure, and I am grateful for the

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A Father’s Journey by Chris Smith

My wife calls me a cynic. I call it being a realist. I have always been the type of person who has taken in information from a safe distance. Whether it be new people, places, or things, I have always taken my time to warm towards a state of acceptance,

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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

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Dream Big by Alissa Rivera

By Alissa Rivera October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. I hope that by knowing me and my family, you will learn that people with DS are more than just “social, happy, loving…” but are just like you and me, human. The past year has taught me so much about what

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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

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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

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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

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