Meet Beth

By | 2018-03-12T20:11:44+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Categories: Inspiring Stories|Tags: |

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 [...]

Meet Chad

By | 2018-02-02T05:48:02+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|Categories: Inspiring Stories|Tags: |

 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 [...]

Meet Joaquin

By | 2018-01-31T18:48:58+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Categories: Inspiring Stories|Tags: |

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 [...]

One New Parent’s Journey by Karen Szilagyi

By | 2017-04-02T17:50:37+00:00 April 2nd, 2017|Categories: Inspiring Stories|Tags: |

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 [...]

The Power of the Alpha Mom Network by Lynda Christel

By | 2017-04-02T17:48:10+00:00 April 2nd, 2017|Categories: Inspiring Stories|Tags: |

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, [...]

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

By | 2017-05-05T19:14:25+00:00 April 2nd, 2017|Categories: Inspiring Stories|Tags: |

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 [...]

Dream Big by Alissa Rivera

By | 2017-04-02T17:34:03+00:00 April 2nd, 2017|Categories: Inspiring Stories|Tags: |

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 is important in life, stereotypes aside, DS is a [...]

Leia Really is a Princess by Taylor Schroeder

By | 2017-04-02T17:24:51+00:00 April 2nd, 2017|Categories: Inspiring Stories|Tags: |

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 [...]

A Father’s Journey by Chris Smith

By | 2017-04-02T17:19:08+00:00 April 2nd, 2017|Categories: Inspiring Stories|Tags: |

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, always prepared for whatever I get. [...]

Reflections on Jaz by Jill Pearns

By | 2017-04-02T17:20:57+00:00 April 2nd, 2017|Categories: Inspiring Stories|Tags: |

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 experience each of their lives has [...]