Individuals with Down syndrome are key contributors to Alzheimer’s research

by Jon Hamilton – When researchers at the University of California, San Diego wanted to study an experimental Alzheimer’s drug last year, they sought help from an unlikely group: people with Down syndrome. “I had a CAT scan on my head, and I was in a special machine. It’s called an MRI,” says Justin McCowan, […]

Information on Down Syndrome pamphlets should not come from legislators

by Paul Jablow – There is no escaping the fact that I’m an agnostic, pro-choice liberal still rooted in an era when people didn’t buy Ronald Reagan’s mantra that “government is the problem.” There is also no escaping – and no desire to escape – the fact that I have an absolutely wonderful daughter who […]

Young man with Down syndrome enters signature jams in food competition

by Leah Binkovitz – Nolan Stilwell steps into his black chef’s jacket. He’s moving slowly, thoughtfully. His father, Randy Stilwell, helps with the sleeves and buttons. Normally Nolan would don a gauzy white cap to work in the kitchen, but today he has a show to put on. He goes instead with a snug black […]

Law to provide parents a Down syndrome information kit is signed

by Marie McCullough – Pennsylvania has joined a small but growing number of states requiring that a Down syndrome diagnosis be accompanied by useful, accurate information about the genetic disorder. The Down Syndrome Prenatal and Postnatal Education Act, effective Oct. 1, mandates that medical practitioners give expectant or new parents “informational publications,” to be provided […]

Artist finds inspiration in son with Down syndrome

by Bobby Bozeman – Shoals artist Martha Beadle said she thinks of her abilities and style as a gift. Beadle’s son Sam has Down syndrome. And when he finished high school at the age of 21 there was nothing for him except the sheltered workshop. He had a complete shutdown, Beadle said. “He went through […]

Photographer proudly uses children models with disabilities

by Annabel Fenwick Elliott – A photographer and doting mom – frustrated with the lack of children with disabilities represented in the countless back-to-school campaigns currently circulating – has taken matters into her own hands. Kathryn Driscoll, 40, a mother-of-four based in Palos Park, Chicago, whose only daughter Grace, four, has Down syndrome, has produced […]

Football coach names friends with Down syndrome team captains

by Lauren Zakalik – Football season is back in Sanger, and the only thing more certain than getting sacked and sweaty in practice is seeing Blake Pyron and Austin Waters on the sidelines. “Especially when you’re tired and coming off the field, and you see them yelling with the crowd — [it] makes you feel […]

Happy to live with our adult son with Down syndrome

by Mardra Sikora - The first thing you should know is this: My son Marcus is an adult with Down syndrome and he lives with us, not because he has to, but because we want to live together. Like millions, actually well over six million, families with adult children who live “at home” in the U.S. today, […]

Non-profit gives young adults with special needs a community

by Diane Murray – All most parents truly want is for their children to have a full life of their own. When you hear the news your child has a disability, your heart breaks a bit thinking that simple dream will not ever be possible. That’s how I felt when my son, Matt, was diagnosed […]

Disability prejudices continue to pop-up in the media

by David Perry – “I am like, I am so (BLEEP) high. This is terrible. And I did it in that voice. And I have never done that voice before in my life. I don’t know where that voice came from. But I heard myself use that voice. And in my mind, I went, oh […]