Strangers nationwide send boy with autism Christmas presents

by Ted Land – It can be so hard to shop for some people during the holiday season, especially kids, who always want the latest video games, movies, and toys. This year, a boy in Blaine, Washington, made a peculiar request and now he’s getting dozens of gifts daily from people he’s never even met. […]

Down syndrome foundation contributes to cognitive research

by Mary Pritchard – Formerly known as the Down Syndrome Research and Treatment Foundation (DSRTF), the LuMind Foundation marked their 10th anniversary with a new name. With board members and events all over the country, and its home office in Marlborough, LuMind focuses on Down syndrome (Ds) cognition research. “The foundation was founded by two couples – Roger and Dawn Kafker, […]

Dyslexie font: the back-story

by Sarah Dawood – Dutch freelance graphic designer Christian Boer created a font especially designed for dyslexic people in 2008, as part of a final university project. Six years later, it’s available in over ten languages, and is being used by around 2,000 companies, including the likes of Nintendo, Shell, Pixar Animation Studios and the […]

An identity change was easier than overcoming dyslexia for football player

by Dave Sheinin – Two years ago, Damion McIntosh received a message from a ghost. It came to his Facebook account, asking, “Do you know who this is?” McIntosh pondered the big, round face in the man’s pictures until slowly it dawned on him. “I’m like: ‘Damn, that looks like my man Johnny Knott,’ ” […]

For young man with autism, soccer was a gateway to friendships

by James Masters – “Well, that took about five minutes…probably less.” Jack sounds pleased with himself if not at all surprised. He has just reeled off every single FA Cup winning team since 1984 — but that was a tad slow compared to what has gone before. Without hesitation, Jack lists every Formula One champion […]

Fighter with Down Syndrome gets MMA fight

by Damon Martin – All Garrett Holeve wanted was a chance to fight. The 25-year old Florida native battled for more than two years for the chance to step inside a ring or cage and live his dream to compete in a mixed martial arts fight.  The thing that stopped Holeve from being sanctioned in […]

With dyslexia, the words always disobeyed me

Sally Gardner

by Sally Gardner – It was pretty tricky growing up with dyslexia, because I thought I was clever, and I know that sounds like a silly thing to say, but I didn’t think I was stupid. Yet I obviously was stupid because I couldn’t read or write. I seemed like a bright little girl but […]

We started advocating for our son with Down syndrome minutes after his birth

by Sam Perkins – Pearlene Varjabedian was in her kitchen on an early August afternoon when her phone rang. On the other end was John Howard, the behavior management specialist for the Middlesex Sheriff’s Youth Public Safety Academy (YPSA), where Pearlene’s 10-year-old son Aram was a camper. “He said, ‘Pearlene,’ your son made everyone cry […]

Number of women getting ADHD diagnosis increases

by Shelley Roupas – The number of adult women taking ADHD medicines has spiked 85 percent in the last 5 years, more than in any other age group, according to a surprising study just out. Researchers with the pharmaceutical company, Express Scripts, analyzed its pharmacy claims from 2008-2012. Dr. Amy Stevenson is a doctor at […]

Personal dyslexia struggles drive tutoring center owner to help kids like her

The first book Laurel Sullivan ever read all on her own was the Green Mile by Stephen King. The second was Icy Sparks by Gwyn Hyman Rubio. It’s likely not surprising to those who know her, but key characters in both books were resilient and overcame challenges. Surprising to those that don’t know Sullivan is […]